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little later for the "morning news" and "cbs this captioning funded by cbs it's thursday, may 19th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking news. an egyptair flight disappears from radar over the mediterranean sea en route from paris to cairo with 66 people on board. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin this morning with breaking news. another commercial airliner has vanished from the sky.
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egyptair flight 804 was en route from paris to cairo, a heavily trafficked route, when it disappeared from radar early this morning about 170 miles from the egyptian coast. the flight takes just over four hours. search and rescue crews have been deployed in the mediterranean sea. our elaine cobb is at charles de gaulle airport. good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. the flight took off from here and disappeared -- [ inaudible ] crossing into egyptian airspace. a distress signal was received by the jet before it disappeared, but it's unclear if it was from the pilot or if it was an automatic signal. the a-320 -- [ inaudible ] egyptair says there were 56 passengers on board including -- >> we're going to hopefully get a chance to come back to you.
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your signal breaking up just a little bit. elaine is in paris right now. we'll bring in cbs news national transportation safety board expert and former chairman of the ntsb, mark rosenker from london. we know 56 were on board, ten crew members. the flight had crossed into egyptian airspace and had a ways to go before it was close to cairo's airport. it was at a cruising altitude, we understand, 37,000 feet, about ten miles from the egyptian airspace. let's talk about what might be happening now. it's believed that it went down around the mediterranean sea. i assume that investigators are looking in two areas.
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they're considering what might have brought this plane down could and they're looking at the search and rescue or recovery efforts. what's happening right now in terms of this mystery? >> the first thing they have to do is find the aircraft. they'll be trying to listen for the emergency locator transmitters which, in fact, go through a satellite. hopefully that will pinpoint where most of the aircraft might be. they'll be looking carefully to find, to recover the black boxes, flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder. it will help discover if this was an accident or perhaps a terrorist act. >> we heard from elaine. she was cutting in and out, but she mentioned conflicting reports about what's described as a distress signal. can you tell us a little about that? what type of distress signal could this possibly be? is this the sort of thing that could maybe go off automatically, or would it require the pilot to put out a mayday call? >> it depends upon what the
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signal was. if it was the emergency locator transmitter, that's an automatic device. if the pilot was actually touching a button or, in fact, attempting to make a radio call, that's a different kind of distress signal. we do not know what actually happened there. perhaps we'll be able to get some kind of information from the air traffic controllers. right now, we have to find where this aircraft is. >> we're hearing that the aircraft simply disappeared from radar. we saw this with malaysia flight 370. it completely disappeared from radar. people wondered how could that happen in this day and age with all the technology that we had. with the malaysian flight, the reason was it was a very remote area of the ocean. but we're talking about a heavily trafficked area.
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how can a plane simply disappear from radar? >> you can have a catastrophic failure, whether it's mechanical or whether in fact there's an explosion. at 37,000 feet, that's cruise altitude. very, very fews a accidents occ at that altitude. less than 10%. the vast majority of fatal accidents, about 60% of them, come on descent and landing. the other 22, 25% are on takeoff. >> keeping that in mind, egyptian aviation officials have not ruled out terrorism. can you talk to us about what sort of factors may indicate a terrorist attack or a bomb, something catastrophic, like you said, versus maybe a mechanical situation. >> once you begin to actually find pieces of the aircraft, those pieces will be taken to a laboratory, forensically looked at, and you'll be able to determine if there was explosive material on it or if it came from a mechanical failure. >> what about this business of the searching, search and rescue, search and recovery? the mediterranean sea, give us an idea of what this location is like. i understand that it's heavily surveilled. there are a lot of countries keeping tabs on the traffic coming and going there.
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what's it like? will it be an easy effort or a challenging one? >> certainly it's going to be a lot easier than what we've had to go through malaysia 370. with that said, we're still dealing with an ocean recovery. we're still trying to find out where the aircraft went down. lots of pieces may be floating around, and we have to be able to get to those black boxes to really get a very good understanding of exactly what happened here. >> all right. thank you very much for joining us and sharing your expertise. we appreciate it. >> you bet. in march, another egyptair plane, a-3320, was hijacked on a flight from alexandria to cairo. the crew was forced to land in cypress. most of the passengers and crew were released by the hijacker. he said he was wearing an explosives belt. he wasn't. he surrendered about seven hours later. the hijacker had a criminal record and was apparently having issues with his ex-wife, a cypriot. we are going to continue to
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follow this breaking story. if we have any new information, we'll bring it to you live. coming up on "cbs this morning," more on the disappearance of egyptair flight 804. we'll be speaking with cbs news aviation and safety expert captain sully sullenberger. now politics and the battle over the democratic presidential nomination threatens to split the party. and donald trump is trying to bolster his conservative credentials with a list of judges that he would consider for the supreme court. greg boswell is at the white house with the details. >> reporter: donald trump unveiled a list of his potential supreme court nominees. trump says he chose the 11 judges based on their conservative credentials and willingness to uphold the constitution. there is a vacancy on the high court after justice antonin scalia's death, and republicans are vowing to block president obama's nominee, merrick garland, to support his or her choice. trump focused on foreign policy, meeting with former secretary of
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the airbus vanished after crossing into egyptian airspace. we have more from london on the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a captain from a greek ship reported seeing a flame in the sky around the time the plane vanished. teams from greece have joined the egyptian armed forces, setting off a daunting search effort in the mediterranean sea. egypt state tv confirmed news of the missing plane moments after air officials made the revelation on twitter. the jetliner carrying 66 people including ten crew members left paris' harles de gaulle airport late wednesday night. just 40 minutes before reaching cairo, the plane vanished over the mediterranean sea. egyptian officials said the plane last made contact with ground control ten minutes before the plane's disappearance. the pilot also made no distress call. this isn't the first time egyptair has made headlines. back in march, an egypt airplane was hijacked and diverted to cypress by a man who was
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mentally unstable. in 1999, one of the flights crashed into the atlantic ocean near nantucket. all 217 people aboard were killed. u.s. investigators concluded the plane's co-pilot switched off the auto pilot and pointed the boeing 767 downward before the crash. egyptian officials insist mechanical error was to blame. egypt's prime minister says he cannot at this point rule out the possibility this was a terrorist attack. one child and two babies were among the 56 passengers board. no americans were on the flight. >> all right. thank you, jonathan. coming up on the "cbs morning news," we'll have more on the search for egyptair flight 804 and more insight into what may have gone wrong. this is the "cbs morning news." t that cigarette smoking just messed up your lungs. i never thought that at only 45, it would give me a heart attack. my tip is, do your heart a favor and quit now.
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it disappeared from radar earlier this morning about 170 miles from the egyptian coast. the flight takes just over four hours. search and rescue crews have been deployed in the mediterranean sea where it's believed the plane went down. elaine cobb is at charles de gaulle national airport paris. what can you tell us? >> reporter: the egyptair flight took off from here from terminal one last night paris time. it disappeared from radar near the end of its journey just after crossing into egyptian airspace. an egyptian military unit says it received a distress signal from it. it's unclear if that was sent by the pilot or if it was automatically sent on impact. now, both the french and the egyptian prime ministers have said they are not ruling anything out, although it's early days yet to say what caused the flight to disappear. her it was terrorism, a catastrophic mechanical failure, pilot error, or even the weather, although they say the weather is unlikely to have affected because it was not bad. france has offered to send military planes and boats to help search for the plane. and the french foreign minister has been in touch with his
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counterpart, french president hollande, also on to cairo as well as the to countries working together on trying to find the missing plane. there were 15 french passengers and one britton and eight other international passengers. there were ten crew members including three security guards. the flight crew was very experienced. the aircraft's commander had over 6,000 hours of flying time, more than 2,000 in this type of aircraft, an airbus a-320, a workhorse on these mid-range flights. now the jet was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared and was ten mile into egyptian airspace. it's too early to have an idea of exactly what happened. investigators, of course, hoping to piece together anything they can from the discuss signal, and of course a search if it becomes
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necessary. >> thank you very much, elaine. >> reporter: you're welcome. we want to bring in mark rosenker, cbs news national transportation safety expert. mark, you are also the former chairman of the ntsb. i want to ask you a couple of questions about this plane. elaine described it as a workhorse for these mid-range flights. the airbus a-320 is a french-built plane. what's the safety record like? >> this series, the a-319, 320, 321, they're solid aircraft, workhorses within the industry. i've been to toulouse to watch them build these airplanes, these guys know what they're doing. >> all right, thanks a lot. hopefully we'll be able to check
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in with you throughout the morning. thanks, mark, for us in london. in march now, another egyptair plane, an a-320, was hijacked on a flight from alexandria to cairo. the crew was forced to land in cypress. most of the passengers and crew were released by the hijacker. he said he was wearing an explosive belt. that turned out to not be true. he surrendered seven hours later. the hijacker had a criminal record and was apparently having issues with his ex-wife who lived in cypress. we're going to continue to follow this breaking story. if we have any new information, of course we'll bring it to you live. coming up on "cbs this morning," we'll get more on the disappearance of egyptair flight 804. we'll be speaking with cbs news aviation and safety expert captain sully sullenberger. we'll be right back. family... 40 to 60% off sandals for the family... and 50 to 55% off sonoma decor and outdoor furniture. everyone gets kohl's cash too! kohl's.
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we are continuing to follow breaking news. early this morning an egyptair flight from paris to cairo vanished after entering egyptian airspace. was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar. there were 56 passengers on board. ten of the people were crew members. search and rescue crews have been deployed. we will have more on the search for egyptair flight 804 with reports from paris coming up on "cbs this morning." bernie sanders and the democratic party are at odds over his campaign. sanders continues to attack hillary clinton. leading democrats fear that will hurt her in the general
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election. after his supporters up-ended the nevada democratic convention last week, party leaders want sanders to tone things down. so far, he is resisting. in medical news, research shows the location of a patient's colon cancer may actually predict their chances of survival. dr. mallika marshall has details. >> reporter: after being a diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, this airman was planning his funeral. doctors told him he had maybe two years to live. >> being a combat veteran and police officer, i've come close to being killed a lot of times. dealing with this kind of fight, you can't shoot it or stab it or run over it. >> reporter: the 63-year-old's tumor originated on the left side. a study finds met static colon cancer patients like tim survive significantly longer than patients with cancer that starts on the right.
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>> the people who had left-sided tumors actually had a much better prognosis than those who had a right-side tumor. actually, greater than a year difference in their median survival. >> reporter: dr. jeffrey meyerhart from the dana farber cancer institute, says the findings will likely change the way doctors approach the treatment and research. >> the tumors that develop on the right side have different molecular features that led to worst prognosis? are they caught later because there are certain symptoms that you developed with a left-side tumor that may cause people to seek medical care sooner. >> reporter: tim has now survived more than seven years. >> i guess i'm a very lucky guy, i have a lot to live for. >> reporter: he's many surgeries and years of chemo and says he will keep fighting. dr. mallika marshall for cbs news, boston. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," vice president joe biden shares his note to self. and we'll take you inside yesterday's facebook meeting with conservatives and speak with glenn beck who was there. we'll continue to follow the breaking news this morning, the disappearance of egyptair flight 804.
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that is the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ,,,,
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the moon. roberta will tell us much more on this thursday, may 19. i'm kenny choi. >> i'm michelle griego. >> 93% waxing gibbous moon. i'll be telling you more about it. i'm already howling at it. it already looks almost full, whoo!! good morning. rise and shine. stepping out this morning it's another mild start to the day. we have stratus kicked up along the coast right now. otherwise clear skies away from the bay. 48 in santa rosa, 61 in san rafael. 50s in san jose. later today, a big cooldown 60s beaches, 70s inland. i will have your full forecast in a matter of minutes. good morning to you, george. >> good morning. not a great morning for the dublin interchange. there is roadwork in the interchange this morning, right, roberta? >> yes! >> northbound


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