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Miles O’Brien: ‘I Didn’t Like the Dark Place When I Went Down That Road’

MilesErinCNNFormer CNN anchor Miles O’Brien was back on the network tonight talking with Erin Burnett. about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. O’Brien, who is also a pilot, said he’d like to hear the “full air traffic control recordings from takeoff to the point where they say ‘good night.’” He thinks that would shed light on what might have happened.

Burnett also asked O’Brien how his getting along since losing his left arm in a freak accident while on assignment in the Philippines last month.

“I talk with my hands and I have lost half my vocabulary,’” O’Brien joked, before getting serious about the depression he felt in the immediate aftermath. “What happens in these cases, Erin, and until you’re presented with this kind of thing you don’t know what you’re going to do.

To me there’s two choices: you can either look at it as yet another challenge in life, something you need to overcome, or you end up in a very dark place. I didn’t like the dark place when I went down that road briefly. So I’m going to stay on this road.”

O’Brien says getting a specially-fitted prosthetic arm that will allow him to pilot a plane and shoot video, are his priorities at the moment.

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