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CNN 10 - January 16, 2019

CNN 10

United Kingdom Parliament Rejects Brexit Plan; 10th Anniversary of Miracle on the Hudson; Coyote Crashes Boat Show in Nashville

Aired January 16, 2019 - 04:00:00 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Lawmakers in the United Kingdom have rejected a deal concerning how their country will separate from the European Union and that`s are first report today on CNN 10. I`m Carl Azuz. It`s good to have you with us. There were eight days of debate in Britain`s House of Commons. Two hundred speeches were made including one yesterday by Prime Minister Teresa May. She wanted Parliament to approve the Brexit agreement that her administration made with the European Union.


PRIME MINISTER TERESA MAY: And as Prime Minister I would not stand at this dispatch box and recommend a course of action that I do not believe is in the best interest of our country and our future.


AZUZ: But British lawmakers didn`t approve the deal. They voted 432 to 202 against it. Some members of the prime minister`s political party thought the agreement didn`t benefit Britain enough while many members of the opposing party don`t want Brexit to happen at all. The process of separation is still scheduled to begin on March 29th but without an agreement in place it would be what`s called a no deal Brexit, a disorderly, uncertain separation that could hurt the British economy at least temporarily. So what now? That`s the big question. An uncertainty is a factor in several possible options for the United Kingdom.


PRIME MINISTER TERESA MAY: Every day that passes without this issue being resolved means more uncertainty, more bitterness and more ranker.


AZUZ: Prime Minister May could try to negotiate a new agreement with the European Union but it`s uncertain if they`d accept any changes. The British government could extend the date on which it`s scheduled to leave the EU but that could bring more uncertainty about how and when it would do that. Some lawmakers want there to be another vote on Brexit all together but it`s uncertain whether Britain`s or other countries would accept that and it`s uncertain what will happen in a parliamentary vote on whether British lawmakers still have confidence in their government.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have now tabled a motion of no confidence in this conference (ph) and I`m pleased - - I`m pleased that motion will be debated tomorrow.


AZUZ: For their part, officials in the European Union say the clock is ticking and some are preparing for the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

We`ll updating you on this story as it unfolds.

10 Second Trivia. Lake Tear of the Clouds is considered to be the source of what U.S. river? Colorado River, Hudson River, Mississippi River, or Potomac River. Located high in the Adirondack Mountains, this lake is the source of the Hudson River.

That river flows through New York State to the border between New York and New Jersey and that`s where what became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" took place 10 years ago. On January 15th, 2008, U.S. Airways flight 1549 was headed from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina.

But shortly after takeoff several geese were sucked into both of the plane`s engines. People aboard said it sounded like a thud or a cannon going off and the bird strikes caused both engines to shut down.

Gliding down to about 1,000 feet per minute, the plane`s captain made the decision to try to land in the Hudson River. One survivor said quote "God was certainly looking for all of us" because all 155 people aboard survived the crash landing and became part of the unforgettable picture of passengers standing on the wings of an airplane in the river.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`ve got some breaking news that`s coming into us right now.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just three and a half minutes after the birds hit and the engines failed, 155 passengers and crew landed in the Hudson River.

Weren`t you terrified, to hear him say brace for impact?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I heard the brace for impact my heart was beating so loudly in my chest and through my ears. I - - I could hear - - there was just this ringing in my ears.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pam Seagle and Steve O`Brien were on board. We talked to them at Carolina`s Aviation Museum. In the shadow of their U.S. Airways jet.

STEVE O`BRIEN: So I was in 15C which is about four down from the door right there on the aisle.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Steve and Pam first met when they both ended up in the freezing Hudson River.

O`BRIEN: I thought that we should just get away from the plane that it could explode or sink.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Surveillance camera caught them swimming in the river. 10 years later, Pam still carries a photo of them.

PAM SEAGLE: It`s a little tattered now after years. But it`s one where, that`s Steve and I in the water.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To mark the 10 year anniversary, a group of passengers flew the same route from New York to Charlotte all of them sitting in their original seats. When they landed, a water cannon salute and their captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger surprised them at the gate.

Captain Sullenberger reflected on that day.

CHESLEY "SULLY" SULLENBERGER: I`ve had 10 years to become even more grateful for what was accomplished that day. We were doing our jobs but we did our jobs exceedingly well under very trying circumstances, perhaps better than could have been expected. So we have much to celebrate.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When flight 1549 landed in the river a decade ago, passenger Eric Stevenson told CNN it was a miracle. Today, his appreciation for life has only grown.

ERIC STEVENSON: One of the big lessons of the flight is just the beauty of - - of relationships, friendships, people that are close to you. Not to get stressed on the little things in life. To try to - - to make the most of the time that we have and luckily we`ve had a 10 years gift following what happened on the Hudson.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For many in this group, there is life before Flight 1549 and after. Did you feel any pressure, you know, given what you had survived to do something really important with your life?

PAM SEAGLE : I did. I think there`s this moment where you`re, why am I here. I mean, you kind of question this. OK. I was spared. I should have died. It should have gone a different way and what`s my purpose?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Both Pam and Steve are filled with gratitude. And what do you feel being so close to it now Steve?

STEVE O`BRIEN: Oh, I like come and touch it when I`m here. I just like to - - I think it`s good luck and I like to thank it for saving us.


AZUZ: So what about keeping this from happening again? Neither birds nor planes are going to stop flying and a wildlife expert says it`d be difficult if not impossible to prevent bird strikes all together. Between 2008 and 2015, the International Civil Aviation Organization said there were almost 98,000 bird strikes reported in 105 countries. The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to use radar to detect birds and a border collie has worked to scare birds away from an airport in Michigan. Officials say keeping the birds food, water and shelter away from airports can also be effective.


LAURA FRANCOEUR: My name is Laura Francoeur and I`m the Chief Wildlife Biologist for the Port Authorities Wildlife Programs. Birds are the major concern.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hit birds (inaudible)

FRANCOEUR: They can strike just about any part of the aircraft. It can be the engines. It could be the windshield. Just don`t know where they might hit. We`re (inaudible) the movement area. One of our first lines of defense is habitat management. You want to reduce all the areas where birds would hang out. We try and manage the grass height and also the species of grass and we spend a lot of money and research looking at different types of grass that have fungus in them. If it makes the grass not taste very good to - - to birds like geese.

When habitat management is not enough, we`ll use different things like pyrotechnics. It`s like a firecracker going off. It`s really good to scare the birds and we also have paint ball. It`s enough to scare the geese away. Just gives them a little sting, doesn`t injure them at all.

This is our laser. What the birds see is a whole beam of light coming out so they see a big green stick. This is not a bird paradise at all.

Like our non-lethal tools, we can`t get results from that than we occasionally will usually lethal means. It`s not something you want to do as a biologist but you understand the ultimate goal is safety. As the mechanics are doing a quick walk around in the aircraft, they might find a small spot of blood or a small piece of feather. We actually sent it to the Smithsonian Institution and they have a feather lab and they can narrow it down to species. The better information we have about what species are being struck, the better our programs can be.


AZUZ: Things you`d expect to see at a boat show. A place to park, check. Boat, check. More boats, check. Coyote in the bathroom, now that will make a splash. In Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, a wild animal ran past a security check point and onto the exhibit floor of the Nashville Boat Show. Employees somehow trapped it in a bathroom and then a police officer used catch pulls to get the coyote into a police car and later release it in the woods.

Where it`s friends greeted it with a "yip, yip, hooray". This is terrible. We don`t know what the coyote wanted with a "coyboat". Maybe it floated the idea of "muzzling" its way aboard in the hopes of hunting seafood. Maybe it just wanted to "showboat". Whatever it was, it seemed pretty "canid" about the whole thing. They ought to name one of those vessels "Coyote McBoatface". I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10.