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we appreciate your time, we'll see you again at 6:00. tonight, the breaking news as we come on in the west. actor harrison ford involved in a small plane crash. rushed to the hospital. you can see him on the stretcher. the actor, a known pilot. tonight, new details coming in on the extent of his injuries. our reporter on the scene. also tonight, the passenger jet coming in for a landing. crashing through the fence. finally stopping just feet from the icy waters. the emergency evacuation. fuel leaking. and the major storm, deadly driving across the country. from boston tonight, the unforgettable day in court. the video, moments after the bombs went off. >> get her out of here. >> the heroic rescuers. the officer who saves a 3-year-old boy. the american ambassador attacked overseas. the images now. and the moment the man with a knife is wrestled to the ground. and the superbug warning in
california. patients warned they might have been exposed. good evening as we come on the air in the west tonight. we begin this evening with that breaking news. harrison ford raced to the hospital after the small plane he was piloting reportedly had engine failure. what appears to be an emergency landing on a golf course. authorities report he suffered mott ral tra moderate trauma. his son tweeting from the hospital a short time ago, saying dad is okay battered but okay. he is every bit the man you would think he is. he is an incredibly strong man. and we have late details coming in at this hour. abc's nick watt leading us off. >> reporter: well david, we have confirmed from the san ma monica fire department that harrison ford was piloting this mren plane that crashed. ford who is a keen flyer, he owns eight planes and he keeps
those airplanes there. now, the extebtnt of formeds injuries at this point unknown. we know he was transported to a hospital nearby. witnesses say they saw the plane gradually coming in towards the ground on the golf course. they rushed over and pulled the man who now has been identified as harrison ford pulled him from the cockpit of that plane. david? >> as nick has pointed out here no word on the extent of his injuries, but of course everyone hoping the best for harrison ford tonight. nick, thank you. we move on tonight now to the dangerous and deadly storms on the roads, and on the tarmac tonight. the ntsb on the scene here in new york, after a delta passenger jet making a landing could not stop on a very slick runway. crashing through that fence, the nose of the plane breaking through, coming to a halt feet from the icy water. this image taken by a passenger inside the plane looking out, how close they came to that water. moments later, the crew with fuel leaking, getting passengers off that plane, coming down that wing, standing out in the snow.
there were also deadly accidents today, drivers stranded for miles, some up to 16 hours. we have team coverage on this tonight. and we'll get to it all in a moment. but first, abc's gio benitez on the scene at laguardia airport here in new york. >> tower, you have an aircraft off 3-1 on the north vehicle service road. please advise, crash rescue, laguardia airport is closed at this time. >> reporter: close calls don't come much closer than this. that delta plane from atlanta with 132 people on board, crashing right through a fence off laguardia's runway, a few feet from those icy waters. >> i just survived this. >> reporter: passengers scrambling to get out. the emergency chutes not deployed. people having to slide off the plane's wing to safety. the other wing damaged and leaking fuel. from inside the plane, passengers could see the bay. too close for comfort. >> when i looked out the window, the left wing was gliding across the fence that was holding the water back. >> reporter: when did you realize something was wrong? >> as soon as -- as soon as we
hit. >> when you hit the ground. >> as soon as we hit the ground. we was going way too fast to be landing. >> reporter: the harrowing landing began at laguardia this morning at 11:05 with freezing fog and snow. touching down but skidding, seconds later. the plane veering left, driving over a snow bank and slamming into the barrier. and in the distance, you can see the nose of that plane right there through the fence. and from this vantage point, you can just see how much water that plane missed. just minutes before the terrifying skid, two planes landed, reporting they had no problems braking on a runway that had just been plowed. >> one of the puzzling elements here is why the airplane veered off the runway when they still had quite a bit of runway ahead of them. and that would indicate that maybe another malfunction took place that we haven't considered. >> reporter: more than two dozen people suffered minor injuries. five people, like this man -- >> sir, are you okay? >> reporter: carried off to the hospital on stretchers. none of the injuries life-threatening. the runway, shut down for most of the afternoon as the cleanup and the investigation begin.
>> and gio benitez with us live from laguardia airport. gio, you reported there that a couple of planes had landed just before this plane? >> reporter: that's right, david. those two planes landing safely, in those same bad conditions. and that's why investigators are here right now to piece this all together. >> that kind of landing is what so many passengers worry about. gio, thank you. and meanwhile tonight, the winter blast setting off a ripple effect of misery for air travelers. more than 6,000 flights canceled in just 48 hours. these passengers turning seats into a makeshift bed at the airport in nashville. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: they keep piling it up. not just the snow, but cancellations, too. >> the 1:00 was cancelled, the 3:00 was cancelled. >> reporter: throughout the day, the red letters on the schedule board became more numerous, more than 4,600 flights today alone canceled. >> i get here and met me at the
door, said all the american airlines flights are canceled. >> reporter: and if this feels like deja vu, it is. in the past two weeks, more than 21,000 flights have been canceled, leaving passengers stranded. last night in dallas, on cots. in d.c. -- >> probably going to be spending the night here tonight. >> reporter: and it's not just in the air. the rails saw delays and cancellations. this was the scene outside the train from boston to new york today. for some, the quickest way to travel. with the snow slowing tonight, jets are getting in and out of airports, but it will take at least another day to get rid of all the backlog of cancelled flights. david? >> david kerley with us, as well. david, thank you. and from the misery at the airports to the dangerous day on american roads. up to two feet of snow in some places. and look at this tonight. the new image from nasa. a band of white from the deep south all the way up to new england. scenes like this in st. louis playing out across the country. wow. cars spinning out on this exit ramp. and bowling green, kentucky, a brigade of snowplows. behind them, commuters, thankful. and on i-65 south of louisville, gridlocked drivers stranded. tonight, we've learned for more than 16 hours, some of them.
abc's alex perez right there in kentucky tonight. >> reporter: every driver's nightmare. heavy snow causing a 20-mile long backup along i-65 in kentucky. passengers stranded hours. some, like this mom, forced to spend most of the night in the car with her son. >> thankfully, the truck driver ahead of us brought us water so we could make bottles. >> reporter: parts of kentucky slammed with more than two feet of snow. the national guard called in to help stranded drivers get to food and warming shelters. >> it's frustrating because you don't know when it's going to end. >> reporter: the weather woes all part of a massive storm system causing problems from dallas to new england. in rhode island, one vehicle sliding into another. one driver knocked down, taken to the hospital. back in kentucky, a convoy of plow trucks working to clear i-65 and get cars moving again. and authorities are hoping to have all of those stranded drivers and their cars out of the way by sometime tonight. here in louisville, they are preparing for another blast of bitter cold, expected to be
record-breaking cold tomorrow. david? >> all right, let's get more on that cold. meteorologist rob marciano is in philadelphia tonight with the storm track and more on the cold moving in next. rob? >> reporter: good evening, david. the snow beginning to taper off here in philadelphia. believe it or not, this city was in a snowfall deficit until today and folks here making up for it by sledding down the rocky steps. all right, the back edge of the precip is now sliding through philadelphia, back through richmond, virginia. and really by 10:00 tonight, it will be all off the coast. and by that time we'll see about seven inches for a snowfall total in new york. over five here in philadelphia and about five in washington, d.c. and then, of course, the big story is the colder air that's going to be pouring in behind this. places like lexington, over two feet of snow, minus 1 in the morning. that's not a wind chill, an actual temperature. 8 degrees in memphis. bitterly cold. but there's light at the end of the tunnel. some of those areas will be in the 40s, even the 50s in dallas by the time sunday rolls around. that will feel good, david. >> we will take the relief.
rob marciano, our thanks to you. and one more image from the roadways before we move on tonight. a deadly crash on a rural highway in washington state. that truck there veering into oncoming traffic, colliding with a car and a school bus full of children. at least 43 students taken to the hospital. the driver of that car killed. state troopers believe the driver of the truck may have veered into oncoming traffic due to fatigue. the investigation under way tonight. now, to the boston bombing trial, and a dramatic day in court. the video from moments after the bombings, and the heroism. the rescuers, including a police officer who saved a 3-year-old. the suspect, dzhokhar tsarnaev, watching it all in court. among the victims, a young woman with a message for the accused bomber being read by so many tonight. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross with the interview. >> reporter: witnesses today described a horrific scene. like a zombie movie. one man saying, the smoky air smelled like the fourth of july. the chaos and the carnage in the aftermath here caught on tape by a wounded spectator.
>> get her out of here. >> reporter: frantic emergency workers try to treat the most seriously injured first. >> you're okay. >> reporter: today, the jury also heard from this boston police officer, who rescued a 3-year-old boy. from a man who lost both legs, carried off by a stranger in a cowboy hat. and from bill richard, whose family watched the marathon, just steps away from tsarnaev and the backpack bomb. his 8-year-old son martin was killed. his 7-year-old daughter jane lost her leg. a somber parade of victims in court, ten in all, and as each took the stand, tsarnaev looked down and tried to avoid making eye contact. >> he's destroyed lives. >> reporter: what do you say about the fact that he could not look you in the eye? >> i just don't think that he can face what he did, either that or he doesn't care. >> reporter: 27-year-old rebekah gregory is one of those who lost a leg. >> her leg is very bad. >> reporter: this is her on the ground moments after the blast. after her testimony, she posted a letter on facebook to tsarnaev
that's gone viral. "you are a coward," she wrote. gregory went through some 40 surgeries and told us, tsarnaev was always in her nightmares until she was able to stare him down from the witness stand. >> he really was somebody i was afraid of, yeah. in a lot of ways. >> reporter: and now? >> and now, i've kind of taken that back and i don't have that fear anymore, because i looked at what tried to destroy me and i've come out stronger because of it. >> incredible bravery. brian ross with us now from boston. brian, as you know, i was there in boston, as well, this morning for that conversation with so many members of the community. they were very honest about how difficult these last 48 hours have been, given the beginning of this trial. >> reporter: that's right, david. this is all about seeing justice be done for the victims, however, the courtrooms are packed. there's a special room they can watch on closed circuit tv. for some, the emotions are just too powerful, and others just can't stand to be in the same
room with dzhokhar tsarnaev. david? >> brian ross with us from boston again tonight. brian, thank you. now, to ferguson, missouri, tonight, and the family of michael brown now saying they plan to sue. they will file a civil suit against the city of ferguson and the former police officer, darren wilson, who shot and killed their son. this comes 24 hours after the justice department revealed officer wilson will not face criminal charges in brown's death. we turn overseas tonight, and to south korea, that brazen attack on the u.s. ambassador. a man with a ten-inch knife, walking right up to him, taking aim at his face. you can see him there, moments after the attack. bloody, calling for an ambulance. tonight, what north korea is now saying about this attack. and abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran reporting in again. >> reporter: a terrifying close call. >> i'm bleeding here. i'm bleeding here. >> call the hospital. ambulance. >> i need an ambulance fast. get me to the hospital. >> reporter: ambassador mark lippert, moments after being attacked by a knife-wielding assailant at a conference in downtown seoul.
the assailant screamed, "south and north korea should be re-unified" as he slashed away with a ten-inch knife, finally wrestled to the ground. he was identified by authorities as kim ki-jong. they say he's told them, he acted alone. ambassador lippert was rushed to a hospital, bleeding heavily, and got 80 stitches to close wounds on his face and arm. lippert had just one unarmed local bodyguard. tonight, ambassador lippert is in stable condition in the hospital where he is expected to remain for several days. but once again, this attack shows, no matter where, every american ambassador is a potential target. david? >> terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. and back here at home now, and to the firestorm over hillary clinton. opting for private e-mail over a government account. the former secretary of state now tweeting that she wants the public to see her e-mail. but how long will that take, and did she break the rules after all? plus, the video tonight, now surfacing, showing mrs. clinton questioning the bush administration's use of secret e-mail accounts of their own.
abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: today, abc news has learned hillary clinton violated state department e-mail policy for all four years she served as secretary of state. a senior state department official tells us, while mrs. clinton was secretary, state department employees were only allowed to use private e-mail if they turned them over to be entered into government computers, and until they did that, they were in violation of the rules. mrs. clinton did not turn over e-mails until late last year, nearly two years after she stepped down as secretary. she has been silent on this controversy, but back when she last ran for president, mrs. clinton was quite vocal on government officials who used private e-mails. >> our constitution is being shredded. we know about the secret wiretaps, we know about the secret military tribunals, the secret white house e-mail accounts. >> reporter: so far, the only comment directly from mrs. clinton was that tweet late last night. calling on the state department
to release publicly the e-mails she has turned over. at least one democrat, the former chair of the south carolina democratic party, and a supporter of vice president biden, lashed out at mrs. clinton's e-mail practices in an interview on cnn. >> is that what we really want in a presidential candidate and is that really what we want in a president? who the hell is running this campaign? >> all right, jon karl live from the white house tonight. jon, we saw the tweet, mrs. clinton asking the state department to release the e-mails. but what kind of timeline are we really looking at here? could take months? >> reporter: yes, david. in fact, the state department told me today, it will take several months to release those e-mails and, remember, these are only the e-mails that mrs. clinton chose to send over to the state department. >> all right, jon karl with us live from the white house again tonight. jon, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the superbug warnings and the new headline tonight. patients alerted in two separate hospitals. details coming up. the suspended racing star and the big breakup that made headlines. tonight, the new decision. will he get back on the track?
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his parents. >> should prostitution be against the law in california? tonight, legalizing the sex trade. is it a victimless crime? >> a reprieve for circus elephants. why one bay area zoo is considered a model for how they're treated. >> look. he's gliding in here right now. >> oh, no. >> video just in of harrison ford's vintage plane in seconds before it crashed this afternoon in southern california. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. >> harrison ford is recovering in a southern california hospital after crash landing in a golf course. we're just getting a glimpse at home video ashe crash happened.
>> oh nochlt oh no. >> witnesses say ford had just taken off from santa monica airport before suddenly turning around crashing down in the 1940s plane here at the penmar golf course in venice. two doctors who happened to be at the course rushed in to treat him. first responders would not confirm the pilot's identity. >> i can report the patient left the scene conscious and breathing. >> ford has flown planes for years and this is not his first crash the others were less serious. he broke his leg recently during the filming of the new