April 13th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/13/09

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Tonight on AC360°, we take you inside the cockpit of a plane where a passenger is at the controls after the pilot died in flight. Some very tense moments. Air traffic control operators did an amazing job helping the passenger safely land the plane.

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  1. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ David G.

    In answer to your question about our President's performance, i give him an A! for his orders.

    As far as what the US should do with the pirates, i gotta say, i think we have enough on our plate. A plan to manage the pirate issue would have to be short & sweet.....we have so much more to do!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Vancouver, bc

    David Gergen: There are 16 other nations with military ships in the area. Hopefully their efforts will involve greater coordination.

    The difficulty lies in the fact that these cargo ships are privately owned and from many different countries. How can international protocol, laws or standards be made? many shipping companies feel comfortable with taking insurance and paying the ransom.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Anthonia-California

    Woah those Navy Seal guys were giving me a sweat lol

    But i knew they were going through such horrible training.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Anderson Cooper

    Glad that your picture is back! lol ...

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Wow, piloting passengers, people jumping into polar bear exhibits, etc. Quite a show tonight.

    I have to ask, Anderson, was that you saying "Good evening" both times (as Erica and yourself) after forgetting to log yourself in again? 🙂

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Evening Anderson. Excellent news reporting and covering

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    So, the captain had to do some fast thinking to help save his own life.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Evening AC, Erica and everybody! Hope all of you had a good weekend. I was thrilled, as I am sure all of you were, when I turned on CNN and the breaking news was the rescue of Captain Phillips. But what I don't understand is why couldn't they negotiate with them? What law did it go against?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Maureen, Georgia

    This murder of this little girl is sickening, & if it's proven to be the sunday school teacher, a friend of the mother then who do we trust withour kids. This is very sad & heartbreaking. Why would she want to kill this little girl?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Michelle

    The polar bear story is amazing . She is lucky to be alive.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Always nice to know how to fly, when you are in an aircraft 🙂 Never know when you will need to use it!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Miss J

    Hi David Gergen

    What did you think of the performance of our new President?

    I love him love him love him.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  13. gail

    The dog's name is Bo.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Genevieve M, TX

    My father did the equivalent training of a SEAL in the Army. I remember all the stories he told me of the training involved. It is not an easy task and only the best pass.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ David, Indiana

    I agree with you. But the worst is that I heard today speak of the human rights of pirates. This is unacceptable!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love Chris Lawerence, he have good point, they have been training long time to get someone to freed.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Sabrina

    Defiantly go Navy Seals! So glad this ended well.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! I hope you had a great Easter weekend.
    The White House dog photo is adorable.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The Navy SEALs have always and will always leave my in awe! Impressive doesn't even begin to cover it!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Maren in Oregon

    The Navy Seals ae trully amazing. Do the other servic es have similar or equivalent services?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Miss J

    Hello Mr. Cooper. Hope you're feeling good today.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Nattada, Houston TX

    Navy SEAL members are amazing. I do not think I would survive this type of training. They are trained well for tough jobs.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Jane

    lawless Somalia is bad for everyone, a breeding ground for terror.
    Time for the world to wake up and realise this could be as big as North Korea.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  24. jacqueline, ny

    @ Cristy, Sasha and Malia did name Bo.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Vanessa, TX

    yea, I don't think I would be able to complete the Navy SEALs training! Kudos to those guys who try and make it!...they deserve it!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Cristy Kirssin

    That looks like tough trainning.....

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  27. kodj to o

    I think that one possible solution to the pirate crisis is to make sure the somali nation is fed and well off. If the somalis are hungry and deprived by "civil war" then these pirate attacks will continue. The "civil war" is a reflection of foreign forces like the U.S, France and Italy. They don't make guns in Somali or anywhere else in Africa for that matter. Stop and think about it: where do the guns come from?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Monica M. Williams

    Good Evening All,

    Happy ending for us (the U.S.) regarding the pirate story. I can't wait to hear from Captain Phillips once he is able to speak freely. I would like to hear the details of what went on during his captivity. What was said during the 5 day ordeal.

    High honors to anyone able to complete navy seal training.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  29. andersoncnn

    good evening everyone..

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Michelle

    Are there any female seals or is is just
    reserved for men?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Miss J

    It’s a little bit offensive to announce the story of the murdered little girl with the WH dog don’t you think?

    Maybe if one is looking for something to be offended about ?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  32. BettyAnn, Nacogodches,TX

    Good Evening Everyone! Navy Seals rock! My cuz is one and I am proud of him!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  33. jacqueline, ny

    @Cristy Krissin – What a cute name yours is.

    I agree about Bo. He is very very cute.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  34. DeeAnna Edens

    So proud of our Navy !

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Evening Erica

    Yes, those Seals are very good and well trained.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  36. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Erica Hill

    Hi, Erica!
    I hope you had a happy Easter Sunday! 🙂

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  37. Jay P.

    Why are the pirates of the Somalia coast not considered terrorists just like the other terrorists. Should we not be at war with them.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Liz - Ont, Canada

    Hello Anderson, Erika and everyone!
    What a great happy ending for the captain!
    It will be interesting to see what will happen between Somolia and the world now.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Vancouver, bc

    What an incredible feat; three different Seals and three perfect shots.

    I am proud that Pres. Obama did not make this a political mess and remained dteadfast in his refusal to talk about the negotiations no matter how hard the Republicans and the media pushed him/

    April 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Margaret and Megan, the only credit to Obama is that he let the professionals on the scene make the decision as to how and when to act. In other words, he butted out.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  41. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - All hail our Navy Seals and their rescue of Capt. Phillips, a hero himself. Almost as much of a miracle as that landing of the US Air plane a few months ago.

    What did you think of the performance of our new President? And what should he do next to clean up those nests of pirates on the Horn of Africa?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  42. sgt robert klein

    i think it is awesome what the navy seals done but i dont think the US MILITARY should tell the world how they done it. It's crazy that we tell about how we do stuff

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Dulcie - Denver

    Good evening everyone! Hope everyone had a lovely Easter!

    While I certainly understand the desperate need for some kind of policing on the high seas, I'm very uncomfortable with the notion as the World's policemen. When the... 'stuff' hits the fan, the world always looks to the US. Then reviles us because they don't like what we did or how we did it. I don't mean to sound isolationist, but we have quite enough on our plate already.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  44. Mike

    It's about time the US shows some force. I believe we need to display how good our military is and that "we" (the US) will not tolerate this behavior from any person or country.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am so thrilled for Navy Seals!!!! they are so awesome!!!!!!!!! that is great news!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Maren in Oregon

    Now that Captain Phillips has been rescued, a good Portugese Water Dog story is a welcome relief. Unfortunately, this is just an interval – enjoy it while we can, I guess.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  47. Lori from IL

    Love the video of the "Easter Egg Roll" at the White House. Fun to see President Obama interacting with the children.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  48. carolyn cee yah


    great weekend, happy ending, proud of our navy.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Congratulations to team that made the rescue, no dialogue, don't argue with criminals. Kidnapping can only have one goal: Save the life of the hostage and settle with the gunman.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    "We're going to have a look at what kind of *woman* kills."

    This isn't 1950. Human beings can kill. It's not a gender issue.

    But either way, I can't imagine the mindset that would lead one to kill a child. Truly horrible and sickening.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
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