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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.

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soundoff (370 Responses)
  1. Miss J

    Don't worry Anderson. We don't think you're creepy most of the time.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Cristy Kirssin

    Look, all these individuals who steal planes, fire opeanly at random people, etc are always characterized as "unhappy people". I just think it's interesting....I am unhappy sometimes and don't do nutty things like this. People can't control their emotions and then inflict harm on others, makes no sense!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Sharon S

    I am so sick of hearing about Chris Brown! WHO CARES????

    Let him go to court and let the system do its job! he is NOT the first man to hit a woman and won't be the last but because he is so called famous we are stuck hearing him and his stupid girlfriends ignorant story over and over again! Enough already!!! She went back to him so she is as bad as he is!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  4. May-Tennessee

    Good night everyone...be safe and see you all tomorrow.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    opossums are harmless....

    April 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  6. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Chris Brown is delusional...

    April 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Poor Possum.......

    April 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  8. Isabel

    @ David

    I hope that peace is near. Future generations do not deserve such a brutal world.

    @ Lisa

    In Brazil there are these things so it is difficult to understand how nature is so angry.
    But the pain and suffering of people, unfortunately, is understandable, but not tangible.

    So I think if I could do anything, I would.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    Nice reporting guys, but I think we all know that the plane stealer is in trouble. You don't have to keep repeating it. 😉

    April 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  10. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @casey- I don't see anything wrong with the First Family wanting to find a church. If they want to go to a church to, it's fine with me.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  11. Anthonia-California

    Great news! I'm really glad that the Pilot is in custody :] atleast something bad today turned out good :]

    April 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  12. mickey

    This nut hopefuly will not reflect on Turkey and its' potential membership to the EU.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  13. Cherry B - Ms

    Well, this guy being from Turkey certainly puts an interesting twist on this plane incident.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Greg, Austin Tx

    One "get-away" advantage that the pilot had was ..it's much easier for a Cessna to land on a remote dirt road than it is for an F16 in hot persuit. Apparently he still got caught though. Thank goodness for the ground troops.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  15. Maren in Oregon

    It can't be just irony that this former Turkish citizen did this today, can it?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  16. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Oh gosh. This guy was born in Turkey. What bad timing when the President is trying to positively change people's perceptions.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Why did he take the plane?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  18. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ Kathy, Chicago

    In answer to your question. Yes!! Added Stress due to the economic situation will always bring out extreme behaviors in some people

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  19. Clay Wilcox Glastonbury, CT

    C'mon guys, enough already with the heisted 172 story. Just because it's a plane there's no need to get breathless over it. Why doesn't anyone care if a truck gets stolen? We've seen that any vehicle packed with the wrong kind of cargo can be a lot more lethal than a 2500lb training aircraft when put into the wrong hands.
    Aviation has taken enough shots to the chin lately without having to fan the flames of public ire about anything flying smaller than a B-737.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  20. David Gergen

    Thanks, everyone, for some excellent comments in a night packed with news.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  21. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    @Esma I totally think that getting inside a murderer's mind is very fascinating, yes there are creepy parts but it just exemplifies how different we are as humans and the way our brains respond to situations.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  22. Prasad

    This could be test run. Just to record the F-16 reaction time. Then again it could nothing.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Julie – Maine...I agree that giving attention to criminals (especially of this nature) makes this form of attention getting appealing to other potential criminals.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  24. Lori from IL

    Wow - the letter from the shooter shows his "sick" mind - too bad those closest too him didn't recognize his problems and get him some help.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  25. David, Indiana

    Isabel, I hope there a no more victims too, but damage to buildings is devastating. I was so glad to hear that young woman was rescued today, and to see the man they pulled from the wreckage. It was said well in Paula Newton's report, his sobs were the sound of a miracle.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  26. William Courtland

    Such shooting and unmanaged rage will continue until the truth about what causes mental illness is known. Mental rape can induce and cause many things: when one has the motive but not the intent: hypnotism can release those inhibitions and create the intent to coincide with the motive: and it is easy to manipulate an individual with other individuals to cause the creation of the motive. Creating motives for violence is just suggestion and mass manipulation, but requires the inclucative induction which comes as paranoid schizophrenia.

    How many montreal massacres and nations which violate the sanctity of equality are needed until this becomes the ideal of truth.

    The females involved are cursed and threatened with the same sufferings if they speak the truth, so the truth needs to come from somewhere else.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  27. lynn

    I listened to Presideny Obama's speech and it didn't sound at all apologetic. Perhaps those who think so could quote the words they found apologetic.

    Admitting your mistakes is a sign of strength especially when everyone in the room knows what they are. Not to admit them and to go on doing the same things is a sign of weakness as Pres. Obama said often the campaign trail.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    He must have run out of fuel!!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    This letter made me so sad!!! I have never seen this before.......

    April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  30. Miss J

    So an expert said he was likely schizophrenic? I wonder if people around him suspected.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I fail to see why the Obamas' search for a church is particularly newsworthy. Brings to mind the heavy focus put on the White House companion animal. Maybe it's just me. 🙂

    April 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  32. Cristy Kirssin

    The Obama's can come to my church in Baltimore whenever they want. We can put the secret service in the balcony for them. Plenty of room...

    April 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Niwat, Chicago

    Hi AC, AC360 casts and news chatters,

    Could the pilot escape plan purport defamation? Clearly, he flew upnorth to Canada where he holds the citizenship..maybe he just wanna be home?

    President Obama scored high marks on continuing sending a friendly signal to the Turks ( of which majority of them are muslims ) Consequensly, it's a warm, appeasing message to the muslim world.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  34. Holly, CA

    Marie Lussoro and Mom – you can contact the American Red Cross or your local Italian Consulate if you'd like to help the victims in Italy.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  35. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, it's silly that a congregation would have to 'prove they are worthy'. In church everyone is equally worthy. He should pick the closest church of his denomination.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  36. Don, WA

    I always thought that old stone buildings in quake zones should have some kind of earthquake safety spots of sorts put in the rooms people live in – it could be like a super solid table made of some kind of reinforced steel that families could jump under during a quake to avoid falling rubble. It could help.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  37. May-Tennessee

    Wow...70,000 people homeless...that is terrible. I can't even imagine...

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Why do the Obamas HAVE to find a church? A church is simply a building and has little, if anything, to do with real faith.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  39. Janine from PA.

    What's disturbing is that there are many more people like this out there, look at the killings in Pittsburgh and the man who killed all his kids.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  40. Dulcie - Denver

    @David Gergen,

    I'm very glad they didn't shoot the guy down. I'm sure if he'd made any really scary moves, they would have.

    When I was in Assisi a year after their earthquake, thousands of people were still living in temporary housing. I asked about those small wooden houses because the majority of homes in the Italian mountains are made of concrete or stone. Very, very wood used in homes.

    So very sad.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  41. Andre R. Newcomb

    Jiverly Wong? What if he's telling the truth? You school kids don't live in the real world where the things he was talking about actually do happen.

    Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  42. Emma

    If the letter is authentic, the gunman was clearly mentally unstable....if that wasn't already obvious through his actions on Friday.

    I actually also feel bad for his parents. Not only did they lose their son but they have to live with the fact that he was responsible for the deaths of so many innocent victims.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I still can't wrap my head around a man stealing a plane. Sadly this is some sort of dark humour in my mind.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    "You have a nice day" Is that supposed to make the reader feel better about the rest of the letter? I agree Anderson, sick joke.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Onur

    Hi,
    Come on guys, there are not any strong evindences that someone wanted to kill Mr. President in Turkey. That guy was arrested so before Obama landed to Ankara.
    Please be aware that Turkey is not Afganistan or Iraq. We are talking about a secular democratic country that has strong ties with the West.
    I dont understand why some people are full of prejudices.
    Onur

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  46. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    On a lighter note...for some good news, Jack's facebook group "Gray Groupies "Is now at 99 members and growing Please join up .Just to make him smile and spread the cheer!!

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  47. Wendy

    Just read that the person just jumped over the fence and into the plane....keys are left in the planes because students are using them....from the Vancouver Sun paper.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  48. Nattada, Houston TX

    I am shocked that the guy planed his shooting and actually set a date to do it. He did think it through before really did it. And take his anger of the policemen on innocent people, why??? Too bad no one catch it before it happened. It is chilly how he ended his letter and to think how many people can do that. Hope we can tell when someone has this kind of plan on mind. It would save a lot of people lifes.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  49. Kathy, Chicago

    There have been some disturbing group shootings lately. Do they think that the economy is a reason for the increase in violence?

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  50. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Goodnight Bloggers
    Not good news in Canada today .

    April 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
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