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Lion Air Flight Crashes with 189 on Board; Bolsonaro Wins Brazilian Election; Friends and Family in U.S. and Israel Mourn Victims of Synagogue Shooting; Leicester City Football Club Owner Killed In Helicopter Crash. Aired 12-1a ET

Aired October 29, 2018 - 00:00   ET




UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): This is CNN breaking news.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Hello everyone, our breaking news is from Indonesia. I'm Natalie Allen.

CYRIL VANIER, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): I'm Cyril Vanier. Authorities say a Lion Air passenger plane carrying 189 people has crashed into the sea.

ALLEN: The flight went missing soon after takeoff from Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, early Monday morning local time. It was on its way to Pangkal Pinang. Search and rescue teams are at the area where the plane went down into the ocean.

VANIER: CNN's Ivan Watson joins us now from Hong Kong.

Ivan, what do we know at this stage?

IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It appears the plane was in the air really for a matter of minutes before it went down because authorities are saying that the crash site is about 34 nautical miles away from the airport in Jakarta. That's about 63 kilometers.

It gives you a sense of how short a period of time it was in the air.

The transportation ministry in Indonesia put out a press release saying that the crew had requested that the plane turn around and then they lost radar contact with the aircraft. It was full, apparently; 181 passengers, two pilots, six crew, a total of 189 people on board.

There are search and rescue teams being dispatched to the apparent site of the crash, where the water reaches depths of 30-35 meters and they've already been publishing images of what appear to be debris from the plane that have been picked up off the surface of the water, including a cell phone, a backpack, apparently pieces of the aircraft as well. This plane took off around 6:10 am local time from Jakarta. It was

headed to Bangka Island, to Pangkal Pinang. And again, we haven't gotten any information yet from the authorities about fatalities or rescues at this stage. This is really unfolding as we speak -- Cyril.

ALLEN: Ivan, this is Natalie, what do we know about this airline in particular?

Is it a regional airline?

Does it mainly operate in country?

WATSON: It is a low cost Indonesian airline, Lion Air, established in 1999. It flies both domestically and internationally. It was purchasing dozens, scores of Boeing planes. We think this was a Boeing 737. As recently as May of this year, Lion Air announced the purchase of an additional 50 Boeing 737s to the tune of some $6.2 billion.

It has not had the best safety record. In fact, the Aviation Safety Network reports that from 2007 to 2016, it was basically on an E.U. blacklist for safety concerns, though it had been cleared by IATA, one of the main aviation safety agencies, international safety agencies, more recently.

So there were issues. There had been concerns. In 2013, there was a dramatic incident of a Lion Air flight that missed the tarmac and crashed into the sea before the airstrip. Fortunately, in that case, all of the passengers and crew survived.

VANIER: Ivan Watson, reporting live from Hong Kong. Thank you very much.

ALLEN: For more, let's go to aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas. He joins us now from Perth, Australia. He's the editor-in-chief and managing director at

Geoffrey, thank you for joining us.

What data will be available to indicate what might have caused this plane to go down?


ALLEN: Hi, Geoffrey, can you hear us?

THOMAS: I can hear you fine.

ALLEN: Yes, I was asking what data might be available to indicate what may have happened to the airplane?

THOMAS: Well, we haven't gotten any details from air traffic controllers yet. It appears as though there was no distress call. So at this stage, it is still a mystery as to exactly what happened to this aircraft.

ALLEN: We do know that the pilot, the cockpit indicated just a short time after it took off, it requested --


ALLEN: -- to turn back to base.

What would that indicate?

What might be the reason for that pilot to make that request?

What sort of emergency?

THOMAS: OK. That's new information. That's great. Thank you for that.

Well, obviously there was a technical problem, if that's the case, which is interesting because the aircraft itself only climbed to 5,000 feet. It didn't continue a normal climb. So obviously they were troubleshooting a problem. They made a couple of minor turns left and right.

So clearly they were -- they did have a problem but it is most unusual because one of the things they would turn back for, for instance, would be an engine failure of some kind. But losing an engine would not take out the airplane. So it is really a mystery as to what the issue was that suddenly caused a catastrophic loss of this aircraft.

VANIER: Geoffrey, is weather a theory here?

Maybe a weather related problem?

THOMAS: We thought that could be the case because it did make some left and right turns, possibly avoiding thunderstorms. But if the pilot, as you have revealed, called and said there was an issue and wanted to turn back, he hadn't actually initiated that turn.

So he has taken off, he's climbed about 5,000 feet which, you know, you can climb to 5,000 feet in a matter of five or six minutes. Then he held that altitude for some time while making left and right turns but did not turn back to the airport. He was still going out on a northeasterly course away from the airport and made no attempt to turn back.

ALLEN: What would be the protocol?

What is the cockpit protocol for an in-air emergency that might have been indicated by the pilots to air traffic controllers?

Would they give an indication of what they were dealing with if they could?

THOMAS: Technically, in this situation, the first thing you have to do is you have to aviate, fly the airplane. Then you have to navigate, fly in a safe mode and then you communicate.

So it is not surprising that we've had scant information because if they're trying to troubleshoot a problem to keep the airplane flying, they're so busy they're not going to be chatting to air traffic control except to say we need to turn back, which they've indicated -- they've indicated -- sorry.

They've indicated they've got a problem. But the nature of the problem we simply don't know.

VANIER: Geoffrey, I'm wondering; there are certain parts of the world where takeoff and landing presents specific challenges or where winds are a specific challenge.

Is there anything here around Jakarta, since we know this happened 20 minutes after takeoff, so not far from the actual airstrip and the airport, is there anything about this region that we need to perhaps have on our radar right now?

THOMAS: Not really. Jakarta is a very heavily used airport, lots and lots of traffic. In the immediate vicinity, no. There's nothing that would cause any alarm. There's no mountainous ranges or volcanoes, which typically you find around Indonesia.

But around Jakarta, no. It seems like a very normal takeoff. It did a wide arc and then tracked to the northeast, as you would normally do to fly this route because they're flying to an island just off the next -- off Palembang to the north towards Singapore.

Everything seems to be normal except for the fact that the altitude he'd climbed to was only about 5,000 feet. And he seemed to have a very slow climb and then hold that climb. But there's no indication of a turn back.

ALLEN: Geoffrey Thomas, we thank you. We know this is early on. We appreciate your expertise.

Just once again, a Lion Air passenger plane carrying 189 people has crashed and, as you can see, search and rescue is there at the scene. We'll continue to bring you any more information as we get it here on CNN.

Another story we're following: Brazilians will start the week with a new president-elect. Jair Bolsonaro won Sunday's presidential election with 55 percent of the vote.

VANIER: The man that some called Brazil's Donald Trump beat former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad. In fact, Bolsonaro said Mr. Trump called him Sunday night to congratulate him. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro told supporters on Sunday that he intends to keep his campaign promises.


JAIR BOLSONARO, BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT-ELECT (through translator): Commitment we made with Brazilians was to create respectable government --


BOLSONARO (through translator): -- committed exclusively to the country and to our people. I guarantee that this is how it will be.


ALLEN: This was one of the most divisive and violent campaigns in Brazil's history with protesters filling the streets. And last month you may recall Bolsonaro was stabbed while on the campaign trail.

VANIER: So why is Jair Bolsonaro such a polarizing figure in Brazil?

ALLEN: Shasta Darlington reports from Sao Paolo, here's her closer look.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNNINTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: He is known as Brazil's Trump, an anti-establishment politician who promises to drain the swamp and crackdown on crime. And like his U.S. counterpart, he campaigned on change and won.

Sixty-three-year-old Jair Bolsonaro is a seven-term congressman with a reputation for controversial comments, often aimed at homosexuals, minorities and women, once telling a congresswoman she was not pretty enough to rape.

He has a strong conservative base who, like him, are pro-life and against same-sex marriage. A former army captain, Bolsonaro wants to bring back law and order which he said was strongest under Brazil's former military dictatorship. Even though military rule ended in the mid '80s, Bolsonaro still believes in some of the old regime's brutal tactics.


BOLSONARO (through translator): I support torture. You know that.


DARLINGTON: It's tough talk that has resonated with voters tired of political corruption and widespread crime. Brazil has one of the highest murder rates in the world and Bolsonaro plans to fight fire with fire. Encouraging police to use lethal force on criminals.

Last month, Bolsonaro himself was stabbed in the stomach at a campaign rally by a man who police believed was mentally ill.

On the economic front, Bolsonaro promised free market reforms and privatizations. But as the head of South America's largest economy, he also said he would safeguard natural resources and warns that China already owns too much of its land.

Whether or not Bolsonaro makes good on his campaign promises to make Brazilians safer and more solvent is yet to be seen. He'll get that chance when he officially takes office in January -- Shasta Darlington, Sao Paulo.

(END VIDEOTAPE) VANIER: We'll have a lot more analysis on what his victory means for Brazil going forward.

Later this hour, next hour, also, a British city is in mourning.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's just unbelievable. (INAUDIBLE).

VANIER (voice-over): Coming up, how the Leicester City Football Club owner's legacy reached far beyond the stadium. Don't go anywhere.






VANIER: We want to update you on our breaking news this hour. Indonesian authorities say a passenger plane carrying 189 people has crashed into the sea. The Lion Air flight JT-610 vanished soon after takeoff from Jakarta early Monday morning local time.

We can actually show you the flight map. This is from flight radar 24, follow the green line. This is the route that the plane took. And clearly you see it is cut off abruptly. That's where the plane suddenly stopped following. That's where things went wrong and the plane stopped following the planned route.

ALLEN: It apparently only climbed to 5,000 feet before indicating trouble onboard. Now search and rescue teams, as you can you see here from these photos, are at the crash site. It is just 34 nautical miles from Jakarta; 178 adult passengers, two infants, one child and eight crew members were onboard.

We'll continue to bring you any more updated information as we get it.

The other top story we're following, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is nicknamed the Steel City and its strength is being tested right now in the wake of a horrific tragedy; 11 people who had gathered to worship at a synagogue in the heart of the city's Jewish community were killed Saturday in what the Anti-Defamation League calls the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history.

VANIER: The suspected gunman is in custody. He's expected in court on Monday. Sara Sidner tells us about the victims.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 75-year-old Joyce Fienberg of Oakland, 65-year-old Richard Gottfried --

SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The names of the victims read out so the world will know who they are.

SUZAN HAUPTMAN, SYNAGOGUE WORSHIPER: I have no words. I'm shaking inside. I'm shocked.

SIDNER (voice-over): Suzan Hauptman knew three of the dead, including brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal.

HAUPTMAN: The victims need to be talked about a lot. They can't talk for themselves anymore.

Cecil was tall, David was small. They stood proud at the front door, the door that was open into the sanctuary, whatever sanctuary it was. They just stood there, "Hello." They gave you a book or they said hello or they said "Good Shabbas" or they -- they were like the ambassadors.

SIDNER (voice-over): She and Susan Blackman also lost their family doctor, Jerry Rabinowitz.

SUSAN BLACKMAN, SYNAGOGUE WORSHIPER: I can't imagine the world without him. Dr. Jerry was just somebody who, when you see him, your eyes light up.


BLACKMAN: And he's gone.

SIDNER (voice-over): Robin Bloom Friedman is a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue. She cannot remember a time when 97-year-old Rose Mallinger was not there.

ROBIN BLOOM FRIEDMAN, SYNAGOGUE WORSHIPER: Spry, vibrant, just -- you look at her, she's got a lot of years left. She -- and to have this happen is -- I heard the age this morning and the tears came. She and her daughter went that morning. They'd expected to go home and have lunch afterwards together.

And it's not something we'll ever be able --


FRIEDMAN: -- to wrap our heads around.

SIDNER (voice-over): Each of them had come to pray and celebrate together on the Sabbath when hatred entered their synagogue.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A tall white male, short hair, light blue shirt, jeans.

SIDNER (voice-over): The police dispatching the suspect's description as they geared up for a gun battle.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have at least four down in the atrium DOA at this time. We need armor.

SIDNER (voice-over): The suspect had walked into a place set aside for peace with guns and a mission to kill Jewish people -- and succeeded.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the most horrific crime scene I've seen in 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SIDNER (voice-over): The suspect later telling police he wanted to kill all Jews, according to court documents. In the end, it would be the deadliest attack against Jews in America, according to the Anti- Defamation League, more dead than you can count on two hands and six wounded, including four police officers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You have a situation here where you have disturbed minds with hate in their heart and guns in their hands.

SIDNER (voice-over): The deadly shooting sending a wave of sorrow across Pittsburgh and the world, drawing thousands together to mourn.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're like a hand with various fingers connected so when one finger hurts, we all hurt.

SIDNER (voice-over): Sara Sidner, CNN, Pittsburgh.


VANIER: A heartache for sure in Pittsburgh. Heartache also felt thousands of miles away in Jerusalem.

ALLEN: Here's what some mourners were saying in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I always had this illusion that Jews in America can feel safe. Actually, we were jealous in Israel to see the successful and safe community in the States. Now it seems that, all over the world, Jews are not so safe, apparently also in America.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We feel their sadness. And we're all one people, we're Americans and we believe in being able to have your own religion, whatever you want to do. And to have somebody be so much full of hatred, we condone it and it's not America.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're all one nation and what makes us different is we're really one spirit together. We're one soul. So when someone gets hurt in America, everyone in Israel feels it into their soul because we're one connected soul.


ALLEN: Deborah Lipstadt is with me now. She's the author of a book about to be released, called "Anti-Semitism, Here and Now," and she has another book called "Denying the Holocaust." She is a professor of Holocaust history at Emory University here in Atlanta.

Deborah, we can't thank you enough for coming in.

DEBORAH LIPSTADT, AUTHOR: You're welcome. ALLEN: It is chilling, the timing of your book, "Anti-Semitism, Here and Now," with what has just happened in Pittsburgh.

LIPSTADT: It is amazing. In the introduction to the book, I write that this was a hard book to write but a harder book to finish because every day there seemed to be some new piece to be added. I was adding until the last minute until it went to press.

Little did I imagine that there would be something like this that would happen in such a devastating fashion.

ALLEN: So how did you finish the book?

LIPSTADT: I finished the book by saying this is a fight that will go on and has to be fought, not just for the welfare of Jews. This is a fight that has to be fought for the welfare of anybody that cares about a democratic society, small D, democratic, liberal, small L, liberal society.

That if you care about the welfare of a society, a healthy society can't abide anti-Semitism. A healthy society can't abide racism. If it's there, it must be fought and it must be addressed.

And what I'm afraid of is that, in this country, in the United States, haters they weren't created in the past two years. They've been around for a long time. I think they got a sort of surge of growth during the Obama administration and a bigger surge of growth in recent years.

But they can't be put back into the box so easily. Once hate comes out, once the despising of a particular people, once this adoption of the oldest hatred, the longest hatred, anti-Semitism is legitimized, you can't just put it away.

ALLEN: Right. And this past week, we've seen pipe bombs sent to President Trump's Democratic enemies and here at CNN. We've seen two African Americans gunned down in Kentucky because they were black.


ALLEN: Now this against Jews. The question is, I interviewed the director of the Center for Hate and Extremism just a few hours ago. He said there's data that shows there's a direct correlation between --


ALLEN: -- leadership, knocking this hate and keeping the --


LIPSTADT: Absolutely. I can't tell you data right now but I can give you historical data, that people who do these kinds of things are motivated. And the motivators may not be anti-Semites or racists themselves. But what they do is they give the people who are going to do it the

ammunition. They may not throw the fire bombs but they light the switch with their words of the fire bombs. They ignite it; they make it OK. When you celebrate body slamming a reporter, when you call immigrants animals, when you do those kinds of things --

ALLEN: They're coming, they're coming, that caravan is coming --

LIPSTADT: -- and then what we saw in Pittsburgh was a coming together of anti-Semitism and despising -- I want to use a stronger word than hatred -- despising of this immigrant horde that is supposedly coming, which we know is not.

And, of course, the idea that a George Soros, who is the new anti- Semitic boogeyman, is making this all happen.

ALLEN: So the onus is on this administration, is it not, Deborah, as a professional?


ALLEN: So tell me.

LIPSTADT: I don't think we can expect that from this administration. I think this administration thinks that when it condemns anti-Semitism it has done everything possible.

Normally it would be, you know, a Ronald Reagan talked about bringing us together and George W. Bush talked about bringing us together. Bill Clinton and Obama -- I don't think we can -- we hear those words but then right after that then we hear divisive words.

That's the frightening part, that we can't look to our leaders, whether we agree with them politically or not, to really say the things that need to be said. So it has got to be -- it's got to come from people. It has got to come from people. It has got to come from websites.

It has got to come from sitting at Thanksgiving, when that crazy uncle begins to say racist or anti-Semitic things or homophobic things, not to just say, oh, he's crazy uncle whatever. He always does this. But to challenge him because you may not change him but the little kids sitting at the table will hear him and will think it is OK. And they have to be taught that it is not OK.

ALLEN: Right, so it comes from the Thanksgiving table all the way up. It takes all of us, a village. Deborah Lipstadt with Emory University, thanks so much.

LIPSTADT: You're welcome. Thanks for having me.

VANIER: Really interesting interview, really interesting guest.

Stay with us. We'll be right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) [00:30:00] ALLEN: Welcome back to CNN. We're following breaking news. Indonesian authorities say a Lion Air passenger plane has crashed into the sea. Flight JT 610 went missing soon after takeoff from Jakarta on its way to Pangkal Pinang, on the island of Bangka.

VANIER: A hundred and eighty-nine people were on board, that includes two infants and a child. Rescuers are currently searching the crash site, just 34 nautical miles north of Jakarta.

Todd Curtis is a former Boeing employee and a creator of, he's also a bird strike expert. He joins us from Boston, Massachusetts. Todd, you look at what we know so far. What do you think we're looking at here?

TODD CURTIS, CREATOR, AIRSAFE.COM: Well, it is a very preliminary look at what happened, and so far, the only thing -- seems to be sure, is that the aircraft had some sort of very fairly sudden event. Some of the flight tracking websites that are out there showed that it apparently lost several thousand feet in a very short amount of time.

VANIER: Yes. Let's put up that picture from Flightradar24 and look at the route it took. And we can see that it was abruptly interrupted. So, this is about 20 minutes after takeoff here. Takeoff point, obviously, is Jakarta, and all of a sudden, just as it clears the coast, that's where things go wrong.

CURTIS: The rapid descent that it had is much greater than which we would see in an emergency descent. And given that the altitude was apparent according to this tracking site, not incredibly high. It wasn't a cruising altitude.

So, it wasn't apparently a situation where there was a rapid decompression that would necessitate such a rapid descent. But even in that kind of emergency, that descent that's indicated by Flightradar24 is excessive.

VANIER: So, we understand that the plane asked for authorization to return to base, or return to Jakarta airport. Does that -- wouldn't they have indicated why? Wouldn't they have given a reason?

CURTIS: It depends on the situation. If there were very much an emergency situation where time was of the essence, they may have only been communicating the most essential information. It may also be a situation when at the time they requested the return, they may have had a problem but not one that was catastrophic in nature.

VANIER: What about the plane, Boeing 737? Great track record, doesn't it?

CURTIS: It is. This is actually the fourth generation of the Boeing 737 and the newest generation of Boeing aircrafts. So, it incorporates all the safety features, all the lessons learned as it were, over the previous generations. It's also the first serious event of involving this particular aircraft.

So, I'm fairly certain that both the NTSB and Boeing will be keenly aware of what's going on and will be directly involved in the investigation.

VANIER: Now, as the plane -- the plane wanted to return to the airport and as you say, it descended way too rapidly for it to be anything normal. So, something abnormal happened. Would -- what are you thinking right now? Are you thinking weather-related or are you thinking the mechanics of the plane?

CURTIS: Again, it's entirely premature to speculate, since there's nothing that's been released by the authorities that indicates that it was either one of those, or it could have been something entirely different, we just don't know at this -- at this point.

VANIER: All right. And as always, obviously, the search and rescue teams are going to first look for survivors. Next, they're going to look as a matter of priority for the black box is to find out what happened and what explains this crash.

And we don't know for the moment whether there was any explanation given when the plane wanted to return to Jakarta instead of continuing on its planned route. Thank you so much for joining today. Thanks.

CURTIS: Thanks for having me.

VANIER: Fans of the British Football Club, Leicester City, are grieving for the team's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The Thai billionaire died when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the parking lot, just outside the Leicester City Stadium. This happened just after Saturday's premier league match.

[00:35:06] ALLEN: Four other people aboard the helicopter were also killed. The club did not confirm his death until nearly 24 hours after the crash. But that did not stop fans and well-wishers from creating a memorial with flowers, scarves and prayers.

Let's go now to the scene. And CNN Business Correspondent Hadas Gold, she joins us in Leicester. That memorial right there, Hadas, shows this team owner. He was very popular with fans for what he did for this club.

HADAS GOLD, CNN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: That's exactly right. Vichai, as everyone just called him for his first name, was a huge part of this community. And this memorial that you see behind me, started just a few hours after that horrible crash here, on Saturday night.

And it grew, and it grew and now, as soon as the club finally confirmed that the death had actually occurred, they built this more formal memorial behind me. They've opened a guest book for people to come.

And throughout the evening, we have seen fans come up here, upset, comforting one another, laying down, their jerseys, laying down scarves, lighting candles and writing notes to the man that they really felt helped bolster the community because when Vichai bought this team in 2010, it was struggling financially, it wasn't known for winning a lot of championships. But then, just six years later, they won the premier league title and really beating all of the odds that people had stacked up against them. And beyond that, Vichai was known for really becoming involved in the community he was known for, giving out free beers and tickets on his birthday, giving out scarves at a way games, and also donating millions to the local hospitals here.

Let me read you a statement from the Leicester City Football Club. They said, in Vichai, the world has lost a great man, a man of kindness of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.

Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy.

Now, officials are still investigating that crash, it happened just on the outside, probably about 200 meters from me here, in a car park. Luckily, nobody else was hurt on the ground, which is very lucky, because we've got our town around us, there's a busy street right here.

But, right now, this is a town in grieving and they've actually postponed the upcoming Leicester football game match on Tuesday, as this community comes together now and grieves for the passing of somebody who was just so beloved in this community.

ALLEN: And we are looking at the aftermath there when the helicopter went down. Hadas, what are people saying, as far as witnesses, who saw this helicopter go up and then come down quite quickly?

GOLD: So what happens after every home game is that Vichai would often board his private helicopter, actually, from the center of the field, kind of a very dramatic moment after everybody has gone, and what happened on Saturday night was just a few short minutes after he took off.

Witnesses said that the helicopter barely cleared the stadium walls and then just went down in that car park. So, it was a really huge blaze over here. Witnesses said that they could see it, and people were taking videos right away. Luckily, there weren't a ton of fans still around, but it was such a big event here that everybody knew what was going on.

We -- I heard from fans, they said that they had heard it or they came out and saw the aftermath. And like I said, officials are now investigating what actually happened here. As you said earlier, they confirmed that five people on board, unfortunately, were killed in that helicopter crash.

ALLEN: All right. Thank you, Hadas Gold for us there, at the scene, in Leicester, England. We appreciate that. Thank you.

VANIER: Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh has come together after Saturday's horrific shooting. Ahead, words of wisdom from one of its most famous neighbors, Mr. Rogers. [00:40:00] VANIER: I want to keep updating you on our breaking news this hour. Indonesian authorities say that a passenger plane carrying 189 people has crashed into the sea. The Lion Air Flight JT 610 vanished soon after takeoff from Jakarta, early Monday morning, local time.

ALLEN: Search and rescue teams are now at the crash site. It is just 34 nautical miles from Jakarta. This was just a one-hour flight too. But 178 adult passengers, two infants, one child and eight crew members were on board. We'll continue to bring you information as we get it.

Well, it has been a very difficult week in the United States. The country is mourning the victims of what has been called the deadliest attack on the U.S. Jewish community, ever.

VANIER: And here's how people are remembering those killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The first name I heard was Cecil Rosenthal. Cecil was beautiful man with special needs, but I remember from when I was growing up in Pittsburgh, we attended the same congregation, and he was always just a sweet, sweet gentle soul that was friendly to everybody.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dr. Jerry was just somebody who, when you see him, your eyes light up.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think everyone will remember October 27th. I think that's going to be a -- that's going to be a date that's etched in everybody's mind. But, I think that Squirrel Hill is strong and we're going to remain that way.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The victims need to be talked about, a lot. They can't talk for themselves anymore and their families may not have the words. The victims can't ever leave our hearts.


VANIER: As it happens, one of Pittsburgh's favorite sons was the late Fred Rogers, the beloved children's show host.

ALLEN: Saturday's horrific shooting took place in Squirrel Hill which was literally Mr. Rogers neighborhood. For our international audience, this children's program epitomized neighbor helping neighbor for a generation of American youth, watching T.V.

So, before we end our program, we leave you with the words of Mr. Rogers, about how to cope with tragedy.


FRED ROGERS, T.V. PERSONALITY: When I was a little boy and something bad happened in the news, my mother would tell me to look for the helpers. You'll always find people helping, she would say. And I found that that's true.



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