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Drugs Found in Maersk Alabama Deaths; Pilots Reported Fatigue Before Crash; Baseball Rivalry Beating; U.S. Hockey Faces Off Against Canada

Aired February 21, 2014 - 06:30   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: You constantly surprise me, Andy. That's little about you.

That crash is still amazing. I don't know how they happened.

Thanks, Andy.

(INAUDIBLE) I know it's the technology. But still --

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Coming up on NEW DAY, shocking new information about a tragic plane crash that cost two UPS pilots their lives. We now know that one of the pilots lodged a complaint seconds after takeoff. We'll tell you what it is.

Stay with us.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Let's get right to Don Lemon, in for Michaela, with some of today's top stories.

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Lots of news happening today.

A dangerous night in the Music City, powerful storms knocking out power to 9,000 people in Nashville. All of middle Tennessee under a tornado watch through much of the night. Right now, there are severe weather threats from the Gulf of Mexico, to parts of New England. With snow, rain, and damaging winds, possible tornadoes in the forecast as well.

This is breaking news out of a violence-plagued Ukraine this morning. It's a tentative deal. Its president announcing that he plans to fulfill three key opposition demands, new presidential elections, a return to the 2004 constitution, and a formation of a national unity government.

Still, the violence isn't over. Ukraine's interior ministry says security forces in Kiev shot at protesters Friday after they fired an unarmed police. Authorities say drugs were found inside the bodies of two American security contractors discovered dead onboard the Maersk Alabama. That is a container ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. That became the basis of the film "Captain Phillips." The former Navy SEALs have been identified as Mark Daniel Kennedy and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds. Autopsy results are still pending on that.

I want you to take a look at dramatic images. They're from Florida. A 5 month old baby stopped breathing and started to turn blue when its aunt' car was stuck in traffic. The woman was screaming for help.

First responders also stuck in traffic, came to help. They were able to help little Sebastian breathing until paramedics arrived. He's said to be in stable condition thankfully, Kate. And good end to that story.

BOLDUAN: Yes, absolutely. Thank you so much, Don.

Also new this morning, cockpit voice recordings of two pilots who were killed in a UPS cargo plane crash in August. Federal investigators now looking at fatigue as a possible factor in the crash after the pilots were heard discussing (AUDIO GAP) how tired they were. One pilot even saying that the schedules they were on, "are killing me," he said.

Let's bring in aviation attorney and former inspector general of the Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, to discuss.

Mary, thanks so much for taking the time.

MARY SCHIAVO, AVIATION ATTORNEY: Thank you. Good to be with you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Of course. I mean, there are a lot more of these conversations that came out in this NTSB hearings.

What do you make of the in-flight conversations? How important are they when they're looking to figure out what went so horribly wrong?

SCHIAVO: Well, they're important clues to the investigators, certainly, and that they were complaining that they were tired, and will give them important clues as to why they missed significant point in the flight later, which eventually the chain of events led to them crashing. But I think the investigators would have looked at it anyway because it was a night flight. They had a number of flights in a row.

One of the flights have been coming off of sick leave. And whenever you're flying at night, obviously, the FAA has concerns about messing up your body rhythms. So, it's certainly one of the factors, but not the only one in this deadly crash.

BOLDUAN: Yes, there seem to be a lot of other factors. Missed opportunities, there were a couple of things with the controls that they didn't get right. So, that's clearly, fatigue maybe isn't the whole picture? SCHIAVO: Yes. The investigator at the hearing yesterday, the NTSB was certainly inquiring as to other factors as to why they missed key things. For example, they seemed to be surprised at the cockpit voice recording, that the longer runway was closed. They'd have to go into the shorter one. They didn't intersect their glide slope which is an electronic device that helped the plane to the runway, at the right position.

And they ignored two warnings, where a glide slope warning and it's a sink rate warning, where they're not they're sinking too fast and they're losing altitude too quickly. But also, they didn't have all the information. And this came from computers at the company.

They didn't know that the weather had deteriorated to the point where the cloud layer was much lower. It's call the ceiling. It was perhaps 400 feet lower and they didn't have information about equipment on the ground. The warning lights that tell you the glide slope into the runway, they had a warning on them that the pilots did not get from the computers at their company.

BOLDUAN: And, Mary, interestingly enough, this renews the debate that has really been going on for a long time about pilot rest in commercial flight. The FAA in January put in place new rest rules for commercial pilots, but those rules did not include cargo pilots. Why do you think that is? What's different about their schedule or their workload that they wouldn't be included in these new rules?

SCHIAVO: Well, you have just hit the nail right on the head. There's nothing different about the pilot's schedule and pilot's work and the importance to safety. The government back when I was inspector general, the FAA pronounced they would have one level of safety, all the rules would apply to keep everyone safe in the air on the ground, to all operations, both commercial, big carriers, little carriers, all kinds of commercial operations.

But they did not do that. They have excepted cargo operators even now. Even now, even after the Colgan crash in Buffalo, those new rules don't apply to cargo operators. As we have seen, they get just as tired hauling parcels has people do hauling passengers.

So, it's a very distinction and it's not justified other than the FAA saying that's what we're going to do.

BOLDUAN: And they have -- you could even argue, strained schedules. Mary, clearly the investigation continues. Thank you so much.

The NTSB is maybe still months away from concluding what the proximate cause is. Do want to get in the UPS statement who these pilots work for, who make important caution not to connect fatigue maybe to the cause of the crash.

UPS said recently that "the crew rest is a complex concept. And for some, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that a pilot who flies at night must be tired. It's also easy to presume that if they are tired, it's induced by their assigned work schedule, neither is necessarily accurate." Important to get that in and also important that this investigation continues -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right. Kate, let's take a break.

Coming up on NEW DAY, justice is blind, but it can have a temper. A California judge sentences two men for beating a Giants fan nearly to death outside Dodgers Stadium. And he lets them know how he really feels. You're going to want to hear this, ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back once again. It was a rough night for many with a lot of severe weather throughout the country. It's gone from snow to now tornadoes it seems. So, what's the very latest?

Let's get back over to meteorologist Indra Petersons.

How's it looking now?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, we're seeing delays this morning, Kate, right now, due to fog, though. Just 45 minutes out towards Philadelphia, LaGuardia here, almost two hours now this morning.

But, of course, we know that is not going to be the story. Still looking at this huge squall line making its way across the country. You can see it on the water vapor how explosive these storms are. So, that's the concern, still severe these storms in the forecast.

In fact, we have a watch box now in through the Southeast. We'll be monitoring to see about 2:00 p.m. or so whether or not any of these turns severe. Some threat of tornadoes still in the forecast. Biggest threat, again, just south of D.C., down through Jacksonville. That thunderstorms lining entire Eastern Seaboards, likely to see delays as we continue throughout the morning and the afternoon.

Other big story continues to be, of course, heavy snow into the Upper Midwest. Still winter advisories and also some blizzard warnings are out there this morning. But it's the winds really picking up throughout the day. Strong winds blowing the snow on the ground, further, that reduces visibility.

Just keep in mind, I have to end with goodness. It's a beautiful weekend once the storm does make its way out. It's gorgeous for like a day or two, next week, in case anyone wants to know, really, really cold again.

So, Saturday is a good all around.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Indra.


CUOMO: Thanks, kind of.

All right. There was outrage and tears in a California courtroom as a judge angrily sentenced two men for nearly beating a San Francisco Giants man to death outside Dodgers Stadium back in 2011.

The family of Bryan Stow describing a life altered forever. And the judge lashed into his attackers calling them cowards. Here's Kyung Lah with more.


VOICE OF JUDGE GEORGE LOMELI, LA SUPERIOR COURT: You're smiling. You think it's funny. No civility. No respect for individuals.

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As defendant, Louis Sanchez, kept smirking, the L.A. Superior Court judge verbally blasted him and co-defendant, Marvin Norwood.

LOMELI: You are the biggest nightmare for individuals that attend public events. It's a game at the end of the day and you lost perspective.

LAH: Just a simple baseball game three years ago. Bryan Stow was cheering on at San Francisco Giants at Dodgers Stadium, their rival. The two defendants attacked Stow and then beat him nearly to death because he was wearing a San Francisco giant shirt. The judge pointed out it was a sucker punch.

LOMELI: You're complete cowards when it comes to that. You didn't even engage in a fair fight.

LAH: Stow suffered massive brain trauma. He had relearned how to breath, eat. And today, still struggles to walk, talk, or think clearly. His elderly parents care for him full time. Stow's sisters face for the first time the two men who nearly killed their brother.

ERIN COLLINS, SISTER: I'd hope to see one tiny bit of remorse in order to not think you both are that despicable. But I don't.

LAH: A sentiment echoed by the judge.

LOMELI: You show no remorse whatsoever.

LAH: Sanchez stopped smirking when the judge sentenced him to eight years in prison. Norwood was sentenced to four years, but because of time served, he's technically free today. An outstanding federal warrant may keep him behind bars longer.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No sentencing you receive will ever be long enough. Eventually, you'll be released.

LAH: While Bryan Stow faces a life sentence living with brain damage.

Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.

(END VIDEOTAPE) CUOMO: It's hard to see that as justice in some ways that they only got eight years and four years and the guy's going to get out after what they did and weren't even sorry --

BOLDUAN: Poor man and that wonderful family for them to stick it through together. my goodness.

We're going to take another break. Coming up next on NEW DAY, it's the USA versus Canada once again in Olympic hockey. The men face off today a day after the U.S. women loss in spectacular fashion. So, who's supposed to win in the long-standing rivalry? We're going to be talking to a member of the U.S. -- on ice team from 1980 that beat the Russians and went onto win the gold.


BOLDUAN: Hey there, welcome back. It is "Money Time." Our chief business correspondent, Christine Romans, is in our Money Center. So, taking a look at mortgage rates. What's going on?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes. You know, mortgage rates have been rising, you guys, and that might be cooling the real estate market. The average rate for us 30-year loan rose to 4.33 percent last week. The 15-year mortgage, that's the popular, you know, refinancing tool, it's about 3.35 percent. Mortgage rates are up about a full percentage point just hitting record lows about a year ago. They're still very low historically, but up at percentage point over the past year.

So, if you are ready to buy, remember this, the higher your credit score, the better your mortgage rate. Make sure there are no mistakes on your credit report. Give yourself a period of months to get that all cleaned up before you buy a house. Most people are going to need a 20 percent down payment, so save.

And you're going to need to prove to the bank your ability to repeat the loan. If you have too much other debt, car loans, student loans, credit card bills, you're not going to qualify under new mortgage rules -- Kate, Chris.

BOLDUAN: Good advice. Thanks so much, Christine.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

CUOMO: All right. Here's the question, the U.S. men's ice hockey team, can they beat rival Canada today?


CUOMO: The (INAUDIBLE) they edged out the Yanks for gold in 2010. Defenseman, Ryan Suter, was on the ice when that happened. He's back again, looking for revenge. Great back story here. Listen to this, Suter's father, Bob, was part of the miracle on ice team in 1980. Of course, the last time the U.S. won. Now, he's back in Russia and CNN's Rachel Nichols caught up with him.


RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I think you are holding the most famous American Olympic medal that exists, the miracle on ice 1980 gold medal.

BOB SUTER, OLYMPIC HOCKEY GOLD MEDALIST: I think so. It's one of them at least.

NICHOLS: What are your memories now that you hold onto of those moments in that team?

SUTER: Just how back then it was kind of bunch of amateur guys playing against pros. Also with the, I think, the politics back then with cold war, with the Russia and hostages and that stuff kind of played into it too. It was kind of a pick me up for some that wasn't supposed to happen.

NICHOLS: You have a three-generational Olympic family. Your son, Ryan, is here for the U.S. Ryan's uncle, Gary, was also an Olympian. I mean, the whole family, apparently.

SUTER: Yes. It's kind of been in our blood. And you know, Gary got to play in two Olympics and now Ryan's in a second one. So, it's been something that's, you know, been part of the family. You know, guys have worked hard to get to and represent their country.

NICHOLS: Ryan said that when he was a kid, he used to always bring your medal in for show and tell.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I always thought it was cool how my dad won a gold medal. He's on the most famous hockey team ever.

SUTER: Right. I mean, he would bring it in and they would talk to him more about the 1980, the history of it and everything than I probably did. And at times, he would forget it there. It would stay there for a week with the teachers which is all right.

NICHOLS: Did that concern you at all?

SUTER: Not at all. I mean, that's why I had it out. If you can't show it to everyone and let people see it, what's the sense of having it?

NICHOLS: He also said he might have dropped it a few times. I don't know --

SUTER: I did it. The top broke off.

NICHOLS: Really?


NICHOLS: It looks nice. They replaced it for you?

SUTER: Well, they welded it. They're sider to beckon (ph). So, it's -- yes. So, it came out. Now, it's better than it was. NICHOLS: Much like a hockey player, right? Gets a little beat up and then comes back, back as good as new, right?

SUTER: Tougher.

NICHOLS: So, what do you think of the U.S./Canada game which now that Russia is out of the tournament? It's certainly big premier highlight game and one that you're son is in.

SUTER: You know, it's two of the best teams with probably the best talent overall in the Olympic tournament. The U.S., you know, I think remembers back to 2010 and wants to kind of make things right.

NICHOLS: Should be a good one.

SUTER: Definitely.


BOLDUAN: That's right. Make things right.

CUOMO: A lot of history.

BOLDUAN: Big win.

CUOMO: A lot of history. You know, the Olympics are also about building community, you know --


CUOMO: But I am thinking about doubling down with Mickey. She's probably not even awake yet, but I'm going to ask --


BOLDUAN: I didn't mean to give, though. I thought you guys talked about it on air.

CUOMO: Oh, no. We did. I'm just saying, I don't like that you reminding me that I lost.

BOLDUAN: Oh, apology.

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: -- about your losses.

BOLDUAN: No! Double down!


CUOMO: I have to wear Mich's Canadian mittens and I have to buy her a bottle of American booze, then she was going to buy me a bottle of Canadian booze --

BOLDUAN: And I just drink it.

(LAUGHTER) CUOMO: It's win-win for KB.

LEMON: That's why I love you.


CUOMO: A little special sauce -- take a beat down.


CUOMO: Anyway, we're going to take a break. When we come back, New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, you've heard that he's trying to slim down. He hasn't always wanted to talk about it, but he is actually opening up about the surgery he had. We'll give you the details.


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Friday, February 21st. Now, seven o'clock in the east, and we're going to start out with our news blast. That's the most news you can get anywhere. You ready? Let's go.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Both sides are accusing the other in the escalating violence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sanctions are a threat that must be employed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Al Qaeda in Yemen has a master bomb maker still at large.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The storms (ph) wreak havoc across the Midwest and southeast.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, I look back and I saw a bolt of lightning just went straight down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, dragging his seemingly unconscious fiancee out of an elevator.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What was it like inside that deliberation room?



CUOMO: And we begin with extreme weather because it is back. Severe storms threatening millions along the east coast this morning after slamming the Midwest. As many as eight tornadoes touching down in Central Illinois.