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>> thanks for joining us. >> for all of us here, we welcome to "world news tonight." breaking developments. the runaway plane.bgóé u.s. fighter pilots racing to help. flying right#dbg beside it. they could see the pilot unconscious before it goes down. what we're learning right now. and the hurricane on the move. much of the best bracing for winds and rain. chicago and the midwest on alert tonight for severe storms. the new track coming in. the new ebola patient. ambulances racing a patient to a hospital in the heartland. carried in on a gurney. dr. besser is right here. and joan rivers and the investigation now under way. the famous face inside the hospital room to say good-bye. what she wants answered, tonight.
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good evening, and it is great to end the week with you. we begin with the fast-moving developments. the mystery in the sky. a runaway plane. the pilot appearing to be unconscious. american fighter pilots trying to race to the rescue. the flight path, from rochester, new york, heading over the sea to cuba and jamaica. the u.s. fighter jets scrambling. racing right beside it.;ñí[ the pilot, slumped at the controls. tonight, the tapes, the air traffic controllers trying to reach the pilot. david kerley leading us off. >> reporter: drama in the skies. the desperate calls to a private plane. similar to this one. seen on the company's website. the call sign of this nearly new plane, carrying rochester, new york, real estate developer larry glazer and his wife. the socato 900, which can carry seven people, took off from rochester this morning at 8:45 a.m.
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headed for naples, florida. a little more than an hour in, a problem. >> we need to descend to 180. we have an indication that is not correct in plane. >> stand by. >> reporter: the controller responds, but there was traffic below the plane. moments later, the plane is turned away from traffic. and then -- >> 250. we need to get lower. >> reporter: the last words, the controllers tell the plane to descend repeatedly. but there is no response. >> do you hear this? >> reporter: it is now a ghost plane, tracked by radar. at 10:40, two fighter jets are scrambled and get close. one pilot can see inside the cockpit. >> i can see his chest rising and falling. right before i left, i could see that he was actually breathing. >> reporter: breathing, but unconscious. windows fog. then ice. signs that the plane has lost pressurization. >> you're not going to have enough oxygen. the brain will slowly begin to
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shut down bodily and mental functions. >> reporter: the plane continues so far, the fighter pilots are forced to peel off as the plane crosses over cuba. then, at 2:15 this afternoon, just 14 miles off the coast of jamaica, the plane falls into the caribbean. three sources tell abc news the pilot was asked if he wanted to declare an emergency. he would have been allowed to lose altitude much quicker. he said no, but don't forget, with the lack of oxygen, there's a sense of euphoria. >> thank you. and another drama in the skies, over iran, involving american passengers. a charter aircraft, carrying at least 100 americans. ordered to land in iran. from afghanistan to dubai. flying through iranian airspace. officials questioned their flight plan. it was running hours behind. it's a bureaucratic issue that appears to be resolved. now, to severe weather.
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first, in the west, millions on the watch this evening for this. a beast of a storm. look at the weather wall. hurricane norbert on the march. hugging the coast. spawning monster waves, and monsoons. and another system bearing down on the midwest. the forecast in a moment. but first, cecilia vega, bracing for norbert. >> those waves are intense. >> reporter: waves crashing on the beach of los cabos, mexico. winds whipping palm trees, drenching vacations. >> no one should go out there now. >> reporter: that's hurricane norbert bruising the baja california peninsula. and now it's heading straight for the pacific coast. its strong winds already giving surfers in long beach a wild ride. today in southern california, warnings of strong rip currents and dangerous waves. a reminder of the powerful punch norbert could pack. just last week, hurricane marie kicked up dangerously high
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swells on the los angeles coast. >> is it deceptive? you see the beach, and it looks so inviting. >> in between the sets of waves, it looks small. >> reporter: so far this year there have been more than 12,000 los angeles county beach rescues. that's the highest in over 15 years.$s, we just witnessed a lifeguard jump in for a rescue. he told me they plan to be in and out of these waters all day long with the waves as high as they are. the lifeguards say they are doing everything they can, david, to keep this beach safe. >> thank you. and we want to welcome rob marciano, joining ginger and the weather team here. we're so happy to have you on our team now. >> glad to be here. hurricane norbert, a category 1 storm.qhks 150 miles off the coast of cabo. we're going to continue to track the coastline. no hurricane in los angeles. the big waves will continue to roll in. some rain in so cal, but some
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flooding and up to four inches of rain. through parts of arizona and new mexico. even into north texas tonight. >> and you were telling me about chicago and the midwest. >> a strong cold front. risk for severe storms, parts of chicago, michigan, indiana, illinois and ohio. damaging winds. pushing to the northeast tonight. new york to boston, tomorrow will be affected with the same thing. tens of millions of people affected over the next two nights. >> thank you. we can't wait to watch you this weekend on "gma." we move on to joan rivers. her fans, fellow sending out messages of love. and her daughter responding. and now, a famous face in the hospital there to say good-bye. what she now wants answered.ñ5r ron claiborne tonight. >> reporter: family and friends of joan rivers tell abc news she had complained of a raspy voice
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and went to a clinic where, they say, she underwent a diagnostic procedure on her vocal cords while under a general anesthetic. the 81-year-old comedian suffered cardiac arrest and by the time she arrived at the hospital, she was "near death." deborah norville, host of "inside edition" and a close family friend, visited rivers at the hospital. >> a diagnostic procedure. this wasn't even fixing anything. this was just to look in there and see why her voice had gotten raspy. shouldn't have happened. shouldn't have happened. >> reporter: the state health department is looking into the circumstances of her death. investigators have visited this endoscopy clinic where she was treated and are questioning the doctors and staff. the clinic declined comment, citing privacy laws but said they have an exceptional safety record. earlier today, her daughter melissa was seen leaving rivers' fifth avenue apartment. >> what's the outpouring been like? >> humbling. >> reporter: this, as tributes pour in for this groundbreaking comedian. as she told david muir, even the painful subject of her husband's
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death provided material for her biting, irreverent humor. >> husband left me all the money on the condition i have to visit him every single day. so i had him cremated and sprinkled at neiman marcus. and now sometimes i visit him twice a day. >> reporter: news of her death made headlines. just the way friends say she would have wanted it. >> joan was the first 15 minutes in all the morning programs today. joan would love this. >> reporter: joan rivers said she wanted her funeral to be a huge showbiz affair. it will not be. it takes place on sunday, a private service. and i hope you'll join me for a special edition of "20/20." joan rivers, living for the what she reveals about being on ed sullivan and so much more. tonight at 10:00 p.m., 9:00 central, right here. and the hunt for isis. you're about to see what could
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be a u.s. drone flying over a key town in syria. president obama saying he wants isis destroyed and defeated. brian ross, with the image of that drone and the new scrutiny tonight. an american from michigan, are his videos inspiring some to join the enemy? >> reporter: today, over the isis stronghold of raqqah, syria, a sign of the battle that could be coming. activists in syria posted this photo of what they said was an unarmed u.s. drone. isis posted its own photo of the surveillance craft circling the city. the u.s. is urgently seeking intelligence on potential military targets and on any sign of the two american hostages still held by isis. >> where are they? and are there any rescue attempts that are possible? >> reporter: the u.s. is also searching for some other americans in syria, those like this former college student from boston, who have turned on their country to join isis. the jihadist recruitment
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pipeline to syria from the u.s. and europe is of huge concern to law enforcement authorities. >> why did this happen to us? >> reporter: and now, they are closely monitoring the preaching of this charismatic muslim cleric living in dearborn, michigan, ahmad jibril. who invokes the history of great islamic warriors. >> i want you to know that these were real men who were there to give their jugular veins for the sake of allah. >> reporter: jibril's internet videos are credited with inspiring an estimated 60% of the western recruits in syria according to a study done at kings college in london. >> they were regularly listening to his sermons, and they were clearly influenced by him. >> reporter: jibril, who spent five years in prison on federal fraud charges, does not specifically urge his followers to violence, but says the u.s. wants muslims to die. >> they are waiting for the maximum amount of sunni deaths, yes. to pleasure and delight their hearts. >> he is feeding the narrative k without making an open call to
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violence, and then when it's time to convince them to fight, you're alreadoñb >> reporter: we tried to find jibril at a relative's home in dearborn, michigan, but no one would come out to talk with us. his lawyer said she had no comment on her client's activities. >> thank you. and tonight, there's a developing news headline about another top terrorist. the leader of al shabaab, nicknamed the bin laden of somalia. the mastermind behind the attacks on a mall in kenysn! was killed in a u.s. air strike. and news of another american coming down with the deadly ebola virus. brought to nebraska.y but something different. he was not treating ebola patients. but he was working in a maternity ward in liberia. here's dr. richard besser. >> reporter: a caravan snaking through the heartland before dawn. a police escort for the ambulance carrying the third american struck with ebola. dr. rick sacra. their destination, the university of nebraska medical
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center, the largest isolation ward in the u.s. >> the transfer went very, very smoothly. our patient is sick but stable. >> reporter: stable, after a 6,000-mile journey from liberia, when i traveled there, i saw firsthand how doctors treating ebola patients protect themselves. going into the triage unit at jfk hospital. this is where they try to sort out what their patients have. he wasn't wearing that gear. he contracted the deadly disease not in an ebola clinic, but in a normal maternity ward, where he was delivering babies. monday, he e-mailed his missionary organization, apologizing for getting sick. worried that he would distract from their work fighting the epidemic. he was blunt, saying, "with or without evacuation, i could well die from this disease." still, the decision was made to bring him home. >> rick is clearly sick, but that he was in very good spirits. and he walked onto the plane. >> reporter: a team of 35 doctors and nurses will now care for him in the specialized isolation ward seen in this
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training video. >> you can have a patient and start an iv. >> reporter: doctors at the hospital showing us some of the precautions in place. but sacra won't be receiving the experimental drug given to the other american missionaries with ebola. the supply has run out. >> everyone pulling for him. this was key because he wasn't there to treat ebola patients. >> that raises the question of whether or not to wear more protective gear. they're losing far too many medical professionals. >> thank you, rich besser. now, to the images from hawaii. danger creeping up on dozens of homes. the lava from a volcano moving near to a community. neighborhoods could be threatened. no evacuation orders yet. we will stay on it. earlier this week, we took to to the syrian border. hundreds of thousands of syrian children are working in fields.
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who does he have in mind? >> i stand up for my mom. i stand up for you. >> reporter: and we stand up for you, ashley burnett, a survivor. >> i like to play basketball. i'm a good hula hooper. >> reporter: diagnosed a day before starting second grade. battling two years of intensive treatment. she and her mother turning it somehow into an adventure. their own spy movie. tough and brave, and look at mom, too, staring it down and helping her daughter win. and tonight, ashley telling us why she made that video. >> i didn't want to make it all sad and gloomy. i wanted to make it happy. and show that's just what i did. >> reporter: and the best one of all, her scans showing she is cancer-free.
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>> cancer-free. whoo-hoo! >> reporter: and tonight, that little spy that made the video in a hospital, getting help from pierce brosnan. james bond. >> here to support our women, our mothers, daughters, and sisters, stand up and fight cancer. >> reporter: standing up for millions tonight, including the beautiful little redhead that never stopped smiling. so we choose ashley burnett. >> stand up for cancer, tonight on abc. one week down. i hope to see you next week. good night. tonight, the military style police conference they want to see end. >> firefighters said it was dangerous to be here. >> a mess left after yesterday's fire in san francisco's mission
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district. tonight, assessing the damage. >> calling it quits the questionable traffic control program that just went dark in one city. >> and our look at the new sod at 11 eyes stadium. will it hold up? >> after five years, an embattled red light program is going away. it >> it started with a costly mistake. >> good evening, south san francisco has shut down it's red light cameras at two intersections. >> yes. abc # news first broke the story and joins us live now with the story. vick? >> during it's height, there are about 20 bay area cities that
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