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June 18th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog 6/18/09

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Tonight on 360°, a Continental jet lands safely at Newark airport, with the first officer at the controls. Passengers say that's when they learned the 60-year-old captain had died during the cross-Atlantic flight, apparently from natural causes. A doctor on board was called to help. Should the crew have told all the passengers what was happening?

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Glad you're OK Anderson...You have fortitude ...

    June 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Cassidy

    oy! Poor Anderson! planes scare me

    June 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    All these palne crashes and braking apart it's happening almost evceryday it seem latley . The air France jet and now this piolt dying

    June 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Diane

    @Emma I agree, informing the passengers might have started some out of control panic. My famiy's condolences to Mrs. Lenell, and their family. We shall remember you in our prayers.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Minou, I'll risk the icebergs. I fly a lot and don't like it a bit.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Diane

    Well I am glad to hear that you arrived safely to your destination. Just shows we can't always control when it is our time to die. I'm sure the pilot would have waited if he had a choice. It was just his time at an unusual time during a flight.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Krasi

    @Mike and @ Jasmine, I wish I could take a boat across the Atlantic but I am not sure how much safer that would be. Not to mention how much longer it would take 🙂

    June 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  8. An

    Violations are so evil so I am so scaed of them, because they are so hurt things!

    June 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  9. Henya From CA,

    As to Iran I am hoping that the people will take over just like it happen 30 years ego to the shah of Iran, When he had to flee the country, I am hopeful. , and our President is sating natural it is very smart,

    June 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Dulcie - Denver

    I feel terrible for the pilot's wife, but it sounds as if he went peacefully and painlessly. I'm sure that's little comfort to her now, but hopefully she'll feel better about it later.

    So sad that she also lost her mother so recently.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Prebil

    Why does it matter to me if my neighbor is growing pot? Please explain...

    June 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  12. starr formerly known as vincent

    Pres. Obama (& the world) need to Do Something about N. Korea. They don't seem to care what anyone else in this world wants.

    Incredible photo of the Galley Kitchen....eerie

    June 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Anthonia-California

    scary stuff that went down on flight 447. I just wonder how those passengers felt, my prayers go out to the families

    June 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Teresa, OH

    @Krasi: no offense, but one day a year for the refugee problem is all we can handle... the other days have their own catastrophes designated to them.

    Best we can do is pick our own Cause and stay on course with it.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    I think a train is safer than a plane or car . I think i'll never fly again .

    June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Prebil

    What do they always tell you to do on a long flight? Get up and walk around to prevent blood clots. Pilots don't have this option. Do they do something else? Brussels to Newark is a long flight.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Nikpour Family

    Outstanding that Iran images keepcoming.God bless the people of Iran and the progress that they are making, Historical & Hopeful.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  18. David, Indiana

    A heartbreaking phone call with Craig Lenell's wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and all his family and loved ones.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Gerhard

    what happened to the Hillary Clinton interview which was scheduled for tonignt?

    June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    This pilot dying in the air i guess it makes you think twice about flying and maybe they should inform passengers if piolot is not well .

    June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Do we know if the loser in Iran is any better than the winner? I thought he was a hard core fundamentalist as well.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Minou, New York City

    @ Mike: yeah, but surely you've heard of the Titanic? lol

    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Payman

    Hi Anderson and all bloggers. The coverage of Iran is amazing. Great job on CNN all day.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Emma

    @Krasi, I agree. Informing the passengers would only result in panic and that would not help the situation.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    @Mike, yeah I kinda think a boat is a little safer than a plane.... 🙁

    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Sam M.

    Hey, I heard about NK firing missles to Hawaii. Scares me cuz that's my homestate. I hope nothing happens.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Poor Hillary braking her elbow falling yikes!

    June 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Emma

    That's so sad....losing her mother and now her husband within such a short period of time. At least he died doing what he loved.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Payman

    We need a change in Iran

    June 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Krasi

    I wish the discussion on the unbearable lives of refugees around the world would happen more often and not just on Refugee Day.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Angela Kretz

    Good Evening Anderson and Angelina!
    I just wanted to say that Angelina Jolie is a modern day saint and hero – Keep up the Beautiful work. You are an inspiration and a Wonderful role model.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Lori from IL

    A good friend of mine's dad was a commercial pilot for years - he talked about procedure upon procedure for every imaginable occurance. Made me feel safer about flying.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Planes breaking up in flight, pilots dying in flight; time to take a boat across the Atlantic.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes Isabel....
    Poor his wife..... also her mom too! 🙁

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Chris

    Thanks for bringing us any news from inside Iran since most lines of communication have been cut. This is truly a historic time. Keep the news coming & our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Krasi

    I agree that the passengers should not be informed about the pilot's death. Not only it won't help, but it will probably cause a lot of problems.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Wonder what the atmosphere of the cockpit was like after the pilot died and the relief pilot took over....

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Payman

    Iran is ready for a change

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Isabel, Brazil

    No one is free to feel bad at work, but it sounds strange and scary when the place of work is up there.

    The rest of the crew must have gone through terrible times

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    What are the people of Iran going to accomplish by protests so they think this will change the electuon results .

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I can't imagine the pain that the pilot's wife is going through. To have to bury both her mom and her husband within a couple of days of each other. My heart truly goes out to her.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! You must have had a very busy day.
    It's unfortunate that Hillary Clinton couldn't be on your program tonight– I'm looking forward to your interview with Angelina Jolie.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  43. ericacnn

    evening, bloggers.

    amazing mrs lendell was able to speak earlier today... esp after learning her mother has just passed, as well.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Raina

    It would've created unnecessary panic had the crew told the passengers that their pilot had died. I was on a flight once where the pilot got sick and that in itself caused enough panic. I can't imagine being on a flight and hearing that the pilot just died.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Elie Nikooe

    Hi Anderson,
    Please don't stop coverage on Iran. Other news station are doing little to nothing in this historical event. Anyone who is familiar with Iran's revolution back in 1979 understands what's happening now. This could be a regime change and getting these Ayatollahs out of the country for good.
    CNN is the only station that every Iranian in America is turning into. Thank you for your coverage and pray for Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  46. starr formerly known as vincent

    Incredible story about the family & the pilot, our heart goes out to his wife.

    I believe that not telling the passengers was the best decision to avoid possible panic.

    Almost all airplanes have a co-pilot that is perfectly trained to land the plane in case of emergencies, like this one for example.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Minou, New York City

    He probably had an undetected blood clot and died of a heart attack or stroke.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  48. David, Indiana

    I am glad that airlines have contingency plans for a pilot who becomes incapcitated in flight and thankful that the Continental flight landed safely at Newark airport.

    If there's that many problems with the election in Iran, I wonder how there could be a recount, but I imagine the clerics who have ultimate authority, as Abbas Milani says, in that country can make this happen.

    A postive note. If the protests and rallies can become and stay peaceful that could help pave the way for a recount.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Lori from IL

    Thank you Anderson for asking the professor to explain the basics of the Iranian gov powers. It's one of the things I love most about AC360 - informing viewers of issues occuring in our global community (in terms we can understand).

    June 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    That piolot dying in the air scares me ,it's so sad for his family and it also scary for passengers too .

    June 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
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