April 6th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/06/09

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Tonight on AC360°, we're tracking a stolen plane from Canada that's traveling across the Midwest. Authorities say two F-16 fighter jets are following the plane that's in the hands of a student pilot. The plane took off from Ontario around 2:30pm and has just 7 hours of fuel. That means during our program we should know how this all ends.

And, don't miss Erica Hill's webcast on the stolen plane and tonight's other headlines during the commercials. Watch our WEBCAST

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soundoff (370 Responses)
  1. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I think Gergen is showing a little Easter spirit. All the pastels! Very nice Mr. Gergen. 😀

    April 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  2. mickey

    Will Turkey be admitted to the EU???

    April 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Erica... You guys are working over-time... Yikes!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Esma

    @ David Gergen-I am thrilled that someone is reaching out to the Middle East and particularly to Muslims. It is critical that we all learn to get along, whether we agree or not in terms of theology is not what's at issue here, it's people needing to get along, as there are many, many moderate Muslims who need their voices heard in order for us to move forward.
    I'm not at all surprised by the poll. It's disappointing, but typical.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  5. David, Indiana

    Whew Erica, you're moving fast thru the webcast

    Seems like President Obama is working on warming up relations across Europe, and in Turkey. I feel like matters of substance were agreed on at the G-20, and Nato summit anyway

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  6. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ David G. thank you for blogging.

    We feel that the airplain incident was handled correctly...the tracking plane had more than enough weapons to take it out if necessary. Glad it wasn't.

    President Obama's speech was excellent (as usual) and we feel he said what needed to be said. His honesty and diplomacy is a true gift that he uses well.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The student plane flyer was definetley not some random idiot stealing a plane i agree he was loking to cause harm and threat to any plaine in sight.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Bridget, TX

    Prayers to the citizens of Italy as they go through a very sad and rough time dealing with the aftermath of the devastation.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  9. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Reaching out with peace in your heart can certainly start to build trust and honesty,on the homefront and overseas.I think much has been accomplished this week in foreign relations.Now we just have to keep our president safe.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hey Erica,
    Great job on the webcast, thanks for all that you're doing! It's a big news night tonight.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Miss J

    So they actually had to evacuate the Wisconsin state capitol? What is it all federal buildings? Or just the capitol building?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  12. nikki

    i'm glad pres. obama is in turkey today speaking to muslims. pres. bush had the world thinking we were against islam. that was dangerous and its good to hear the pres. straighten it out.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Isabel

    @ David Gergen

    I agree with you.
    This is a difficult decision, but this time was right.
    I think that governments are more careful in situations like this.

    PS. In Brazil some months ago had a similar case of theft of airplane. The air force followed the plane, but not shot. The end of the story here was not so happy, but the government hit.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Avant Orlando FL

    hey guys about the earlier you gave him much reaction
    now everyone knows the pilot isn't a terror just making
    us feel unsafe the weekend news was more scary..i promise

    Avant FL

    April 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ David Gergen I completely agree. They F 15's don't even have to shoot that little Cessna down. All they have to do is fly in front of that plane and it will go into a tale-spin right into the ground. Those planes are great for flight school. Believe me... nothing more...

    April 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Shillie, Phoenix, AZ

    @ Jack,

    Do you know how popular you are right now? I'm trying to check Twitter and clicked on your picture and it has said twice now, "Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again." Congrats Jack Gray for being awesome haha

    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Lauren--NY

    Thank you to Jack and Erica for your outstanding efforts in covering this hectic breaking news. The AC360 team is the best in the business.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  18. ericacnn

    evening everyone... a lot going on behind the scenes ...the whole broadcast is changing as we speak.. so its a bit hectic right now... just got word the mayor of the town where the plane touched down is driving to the scene.. so we may talk with him in a few minutes.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Johnny, KY

    David Gergen AND Fareed Zakaria! This is looking to be an informative piece.

    Mr. Zakaria's show is my favorite. Perhaps not the best thing to say on the 360 Blog, but really... if you haven't checked this show out, DO SO.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Maren in Oregon

    Wow! a commercial break! I can take a breath or two. Whew!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The guy flying the plane must give up soon at least the palne got safley down without anyone getting hurt. I hope officals catch him.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Mike Syracuse, NY

    David Gergen, I think Obama needs to get some quid pro quo. He sounds apologetic when we have nothing to apologize for. Muslim counties need to condemn terroism.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Cherry B - Ms

    Anybody see the speech the President made to the Turksh? Maybe this new attitude will actually make a difference with our Muslim friends. This just might go a much longer way than the hatred and profiling that's gone on in the past. Sure hope so...

    April 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ Chris from Ohio lol

    I am surprised that Cessna plane even made it as far as it did... that probably means it has NO payload...

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @ Maren in Or,
    Agree!!!!! Jack is best master king in the world!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  26. craig

    Let's not go overboard about the terroristic potential of a Cessna 172. It can carry less payload than a Honda Civic. There is far more to worry about with all of the untracked rental trucks and SUVs that can carry a huge amount of explosives (remember OKC?). If this plane had been a real threat the trailing f-16s could have taken it out anytime.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I am impressed that POTUS is trying out the local languages, especially German, "Ich bin ein Berlener!"

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Cristy Kirssin

    At least Obama is distinguishing between the Muslim Extemists and the rest of the Muslim family but still concerned...Why can't he just strengthen bonds with the Nation of Israel more? Is he not passionate about Israel?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  29. bereanda

    why is there so much hatred towards president obama,,,is it all because he's,. 'black', that is so sad, he hasn't done nothing to those people

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  30. MarieAnne Sam

    its my first time to do 'live blogging'? Is this like chatting?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Carmen- Franklin Park, NJ

    Just the thought of President Obama being killed just makes me weak in the stomach. It would be an extremely sad day for all if this happens. God protect the President!!!!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Issa

    I hope the president stays safe.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Erica Jack is the King of twitter and the onel liners ! It's crazy there tonight .

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  34. William Courtland

    You are so at war with Islam: so long as Islam maintains its intent for female rights.

    To have the freedom to leave: is all one can offer these females: but respect requires that those females who want to live such a life style be free to move there and involve themselves in that life style.

    Muslim theology often fights true love: but any arrangment in marriage defeats true love.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  35. mickey

    Bring our President home safely. Hopefully, no other country that the President visits will have canon ball fire like what occurred in Turkey.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Isabel

    Diplomacy and respect go along way to healing past wounds.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Maren in Oregon

    Your right,Erica. I got a realtively good payday for that, how much did he pay you? hee! hee!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Obama needs to demand that the Muslim world start condemning Islamic terroists. He sound apologetic. We were attacked on 9/11, not the other way around.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  39. ericacnn

    @Elliot, it does seem wild...and the running on foot really threw me. Ellsinore is a small town, but I think it's a safe bet they are hot on his trail, along with state and federal law enforcement.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  40. May-Tennessee

    Evening Anderson, Erica, David, 360 Team and groovy bloggers! Wow...stolen plane thing is really weird...how'd it make it over the border?
    Very sad to hear of the victims of the earthquake in Itally...my prayers go out to them.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @ erica,

    all hail jack.
    all hail jack.
    all hail jack.


    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Jana, Anderson and Erica have a busy night tonight!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Anthonia-California

    Oh no! i cant believe someone wants to kill Pres. Obama! What is the motive?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. avant Orlando FL

    This is Ac360 is more like breaking news, Think earlier in the
    show you had headlines...everyone in the studio trying to work
    with Anderson good luck keeping up.. happy Monday all

    thanks guys your the best

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Maren in Oregon

    Glen – you're right. It reminds us of the danger – but, come on – it's been the better part of a decade – are we never to learn? (I enjoy your posts)

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  46. regina, philadelphia, pa.

    Hello Anderson....my heartfelt thoughts go out to all the families in the earthquake....I just returned from 7mo. that area last month and they are some of the kindest people I have ever met!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Is Anderson still not home?I thought it looked like the same studio.
    Calling Richard Quest

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Gord (Montreal)

    Hey Anderson,

    Gosh another crazy canuck trying to get some beer, he gets lost and gets lost on a highway... I just hope it turns out to be nothing ... he is in a heap of trouble !

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Amanda Walton Fort Erie, Ontario

    Wow, I'd been following this plane since it was reported hours ago and couldn't figure out why it took so long for any large media attention. I would have thought any plane breaking into air space with no flight plan, no pilot response, stolen and not knowing what may be on board whether bomb or chemical weapons that may have been planted on the plane prior.

    I'm surprised it wasn't shot down, this person obviously had an agenda and not a joy ride, a joy ride wouldn't mean knowingly entering into air space that would immediately have F-16's chasing you –seemed to me more like a breach of security from Thunder Bay all the way to the U.S., then a dumb kid stealing a plane for some a little ride. Attention maybe, if he was upset so it was basically a suicide mission whether himself crashing or shot down, he is still a threat and this breach of security makes everyone feel a little less secure. That was just to easy.

    Have a great show

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    Obama's message was straight forward, unlike Dubya Obama didn't beat around the bush about the truth of Islam.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
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