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  • Hi. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We`re start today with a major update on a story

  • you heard earlier this week,

  • the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525,

  • a passenger plane in in the French Alps.

  • The most plausible, likely interpretation,

  • in our view, is that the co-pilot, through deliberate abstention,

  • refused to open the cockpit door to the chief pilot

  • and used the button which controls loss of altitude.

  • In the last eight minutes, this aircraft went from maybe 10,000,

  • 12,000 meters or 30,000 feet to virtually 2,000 meters.

  • So he used this button for -- to lose altitude for reasons

  • that are totally unknown at the moment but

  • which could be analyzed as a deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft.

  • How did officials reach that conclusion?

  • They got information from a flight data recorder.

  • The plane had two of them. One was found.

  • Investigators are still searching for the other.

  • All 150 people aboard were killed, among them, a group of students.

  • Friends and mourners at schools across the region

  • gathered to remember them

  • and share a moment of silence in their honor.

  • Families all over the world are grieving.

  • As you heard a moment ago,

  • investigators have no idea why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz allegedly

  • locked the pilot out of the cockpit

  • and then crashed the plane.

  • The mechanism that locks the cockpit door

  • is designed to be used by pilots only

  • and intended for everyone`s security.

  • I`m in an A320 simulator.

  • This is an exact replica of the modern cockpit of the 320.

  • I`m with Bugs Forsythe.

  • You`re a retired military pilot,

  • flew commercially for nearly 30 years.

  • We`re flying at 38,000 feet.

  • Tell me about the cockpit door.

  • Very quickly, it`s right here.

  • Either pilot, left or right, co-pilot or captain,

  • can touch it. It`s in the armed -- excuse me -- the normal position.

  • This is spring-loaded.

  • If I want to unlock it, I unlock it and that unlocks the door,

  • they can come in. But it`s spring-loaded back to normal.

  • In the norm position, the door cannot be opened by the regular knob.

  • You have to have either a keypad to open it or I have to unlock it.

  • The only way the pilot or the co-pilot cannot get in, then,

  • in a modern plane with a keypad,

  • is by someone purposefully locking them out.

  • Holding it -- and holding it in the locked position.

  • It is so difficult to try to get my head wrapped around this

  • that we have the procedures in place.

  • Of course, with the events of September 11th,

  • we need to ensure the cockpit is secure at all times during flight,

  • ensuring that the pilots are the only ones

  • that have access to the cockpit

  • and have the ability to secure that cockpit is a requirement for security.

  • This definitely changes the calculus

  • and some really big thought is going to be needed

  • to put into this situation to ensure safety in the future.

  • Next story this Friday,

  • the Middle Eastern nation of Yemen is on the brink of civil war

  • Houthi rebels, who, for years were at odds

  • with the Yemeni government,

  • captured parts of Yemen`s second largest city on Wednesday.

  • They`d already taken the capital.

  • Yemen`s president left the country and on Thursday,

  • war planes from Saudi Arabia,

  • with support from other countries in the region,

  • launched airstrikes in Yemen.

  • Saudi Arabia is threatening to send in ground troops.

  • Egyptian forces may join them.Why?

  • Well, for one, they support Yemen`s president

  • and several Middle Eastern countries,

  • including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, are mostly Sunni Muslim.

  • The Houthi rebels in Yemen are Shiite Muslim,

  • a different branch of Islam.

  • The Sunni nations don`t want another Shiite-

  • dominated country like Iran in the Middle East.

  • The Houthis and officials from Iran spoke out

  • against the Saudi-led airstrikes.

  • Iran says it won`t help a region

  • already facing threats from terrorist groups.

  • The failing state of Yemen,

  • the head toward a civil war in Yemen right now

  • gives al Qaeda and ISIS a growing opportunity

  • to do exactly what they`ve done in Syria.

  • Al Qaeda`s roots in Yemen go back

  • almost to the founding of al Qaeda.

  • The attack on the USS Cole in the year 2000 shows

  • just how deep and strong those roots are.

  • Long before Syria became attractive

  • for young wannabe jihadists to be drawn toward,

  • Yemen was a place where they could go and get training.

  • It was a place where a lot of people

  • were attracted to go and get religious education.

  • Yemen has become a breeding ground for al Qaeda

  • because the country does not have a strong central government.

  • It`s been slipping in that direction for a number of years.

  • Al Qaeda has strong tribal alliances.

  • It`s been able to use that as leverage to control areas within the country.

  • They`ve been a strong attraction for Saudi Al Qaeda members, as well.

  • We`ve seen the United States and the British government

  • both pull out their Special Forces from the country,

  • which means al Qaeda and ISIS have an even

  • greater and freer hand to train and to operate there.

  • We`ve seen the collapse, effectively,

  • of the power of the central government.

  • That also means that al Qaeda gets a greater opportunity to --

  • to dominate their areas and keep themselves

  • and their operatives safe.

  • Wyoming is the least populated state in America.

  • Vermont is second least populated,

  • but it`s still home to Milton Middle School.

  • The Yellow Jackets are watching today from the town of Milton.

  • To The Mountain State.

  • That`s West Virginia.

  • That`s where we found Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

  • The Pirates are in Buckhannon.

  • And on the West Coast, in The Evergreen State of Washington,

  • it`s the Sea Hawks on CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • They`re at Peninsula High School in Purdy.

  • You`ve probably that car crashes

  • are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers.

  • The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

  • has a new report out on distracted driving.

  • The group says it`s worse than previously thought.

  • AAA looked at 1,700 dash cam videos showing teenage drivers

  • right before and after an accident.

  • It found that distracted driving factored into 58 percent,

  • almost six out of 10 crashes that were either moderate or severe.

  • The U.S. government had estimated

  • that distracted driving factored into 14 percent of such accidents.

  • In the AAA report,

  • the most common type of distraction was other passengers.

  • The second most common, cell phones.

  • AAA wants states to pass new laws restricting passengers

  • and further restricting cell phone use for teenage drivers.

  • Newt -- it`s not just fun to say.

  • A newt is a type of salamander with a long body and short legs.

  • They like to hang out in ponds and an ancient type

  • of newt discovered in Portugal was no exception.

  • Its fossils were found in what`s believed to be an ancient lake.

  • But scientists say there`s one key difference between modern newts

  • and the old ones -- they used to be huge.

  • The animals discovered here are very impressive

  • because they were giant salamanders of around three meters in length.

  • The super salamander `killer newt` nickname really nails it.

  • And the Triassic was a very interesting and important period of time.

  • This was when dinosaurs originated,

  • as well as many other groups,

  • like mammals and turtles and crocodiles.

  • These big, enormous amphibians were the types of things

  • that the very earliest dinosaurs

  • and also the very earliest mammals had to put up with.

  • Well, they say you learn something newt every day.

  • What`s hard to say is whether

  • they salamameandered their way onto dinner plates.

  • Would that have been considered newtritious?

  • Would they have tasted like Fig Newtons?

  • There are a lot of questions to digest here,

  • a lot on scientists` plates.

  • We`ll let them dig into those details

  • and see you on the other side of the weekend.

Hi. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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