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rnia in the national competition in may good luck to him. that does it for us here at 5:00. have a great night. see you again at 6:0 welcome to "world news tonight." airport emergency. the jet approaching, slamming down hard. one wing crushed. passengers rushing out. was it safe to land? final moments. chilling new details from the voice recorder before the crash in the alps. the noises, alarms, and screams. and a new view of the co-pilot inside the cockpit of another plane. and backlash in indiana. protests over the new religious freedom act. is it discrimination against gays and lesbians? our exclusive interview with the governor. and paul walker, nearly two years after his fating crash. the special effects keeping him
and other performers in the picture. >> good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. with air travel rattling nerves everywhere, a landing at the halifax airport in the dark in a driving snowstorm. when the sun came up, this is what was left. look at that. the landing gear collapsed. the nose gone, the right wing, a twisted mess. two dozen passengers hurt. the plane had circled, waiting for a break in the weather to land. was that the right call? david kerley starts us off tonight. >> reporter: flashing lights. >> airplane down. >> reporter: passengers saying it bounced on landing then slid for a long time. >> just jumped out on to the wing and started running away from the plane. >> reporter: the nose gone, one wing and engine mangled. the other engine missing.
>> i was really scared. the engine was 100 feet away from the plane. >> reporter: passengers huddled in blankets. nearly two dozen sent to the hospital. for a while, power was out at the airport. some said the jet clipped power lines. ndiaye -- in daylight the exit slide still deployed. air canada flight 624 from toronto was flying in a snowstorm, trying to land, finally visibility improved slightly. >> the weather was at the approach minimums. >> reporter: authorities say an airplane overruns the runway about every other month. some of them, blamed on weather conditions in the northern provinces. but was the weather an issue here? >> we don't know the sequence of events that led to this airplane being totaled. did they hit something before landing or after?
>> reporter: both pilots, with 15 years with air canada, were taken to the hospital. and the majority of the crew and passengers have been released after the wild and hard landing. >> thank you. and a much different story for the passengers of the plane that crashed in the alps. still so troubling. and we have new details from the last moments of that flight. what was heard on the cockpit voice recorder. and for the first time, video of the co-pilot under suspicion on another flight. here's alex marquardt. >> reporter: tonight, new pictures of andreas lubitz. doing what he loved, soaring through the air in a glider. tonight, chilling new details about the final moments of that flight. as he flew it into that mountainside. and a transcript reveals 28 minutes into the flight, the captain leaves to go to the bathroom, telling lubitz to take over. he puts the plane into descent.
three minutes later, the control tower tries to contact the pilot. there is no answer. that's when the captain comes back, finding the door locked. for god's sake, he shouts, open the door, there are loud metallic blows on the door. before the plane's alarm sounds and it drops fast. and alarm sounds as the plane drops fast. lubitz says nothing. and the last sounds heard, the passengers screaming. why he's believed to have piloted the plane into the ground, german authorities say it was intentional. and that he had an illness. reports unconfirmed by abc say he was severely depressed and had medication for a psycho psychosomatic illness. had sought treatment for problems with his vision. a potentially career-ending condition. the hope is tomorrow, authorities will reveal the extent of his illness. in the meantime today, german newspapers printing a full-page letter from lufthansa
offering condolences to the loved ones of the 150 people that died. tom? >> alex, thank you. and a new law in indiana leading to outrage across the country. it's called the religious freedom act, but indiana's governor is standing firm and speaking out in an exclusive interview. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: with a firestorm brewing over indiana's new religious freedom act, the man in the middle, governor mike pence, coming forward today to defend the law in an interview with our own george stephanopoulos. >> we're not going to change the law, okay? but if the general assembly in indiana sends me a bill that adds a section and clarifies what the law really is, i'm open to that. >> reporter: pence arguing similar laws are on the books in other states. but critics say the indiana version, signed thursday, gives businesses a license to discriminate. allowing them to refuse services to gay couples for religious reasons. a point george asked the
governor about repeatedly on abc's "this week." >> do you think it should be legal in the state of indiana to discriminate against gays or lesbians? >> george -- >> it's a yes or no question. >> come on. hoosiers don't believe in discrimination. this is about protecting the religious liberty of every hoosier of every faith. >> yes or no, should it be legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians? >> george, you're following the mantra of the last week online and you're trying to make this issue about something else. >> one fix that people have talked about is simply adding sexual orientation as a protected class under the state's civil rights laws. will you push for that? >> i will not push for that. >> reporter: some big names are joining the protesters on social media. from miley cyrus to hillary clinton, tweeting, "sad this new indiana law can happen in america today." apple chief tim cook, saying "we are deeply disappointed." former nba star charles barkley
now calling for the ncaa to pull this week's final four tournament out of indiana. tonight, both sides of this debate showing no signs of backing down. gio benitez, abc news, indianapolis. >> and we thank gio for that report. and all eyes are on iran, where it's down to the wire for a nuclear arms agreement. with john kerry staying at the bargaining stable. the u.s. and its five partner nations have a little bit longer to close to deal. terry moran is in switzerland where the talks are under way. >> reporter: the pace is relentless. just two days until the deadline. after 18 months of negotiations, it's the frantic final phase to reach a deal. the basic outlines are clear. iran will put its nuclear programs under strict control. in exchange for an easing of crippling economic sanctions. but the devil is in the details.
>> i'm not paid to be optimistic, you know. >> you're not paid enough to be optimistic. >> reporter: the sticking points, how fast will sanctions on iran be lifted? and what kinds of nuclear programs will they be allowed after the deal? so a critical issue, close monitoring of the facilities. and here in the labs of the international atomic agency, the world's nuclear watch dog. the tools like these cameras that inspectors will be used to keep iran's nukes peaceful. and sent all the way back here to vienna, where they're stored on servers, and every single image and reviewed and examined. the head of the agency says long term scrutiny of iran is the key. >> any deal reached is just the first step. >> a deal needs to be reached, and more importantly, implemented. >> reporter: negotiators say iran has agreed to tough inspections. and in exchange, iran wants to keep a lot of their
infrastructure. but the u.s. is saying no, for now. >> thank you. pope francis marked palm sunday with an outdoor mass in st. peter's square. marching through the crowd carrying olive and palm branches. and here in new york, a grim discovery at the scene of the gas explosion and fire. two bodies found. linzie janis at the scene. >> reporter: tonight, searchers and dogs sifting through the wreckage of a gas explostion, finding the bodies of two victims. the family of nicholas figueroa, who was at the sushi restaurant at the time of the explosion
confirming he was recovered. medical examiners are trying to determine if the other is a waiter at the restaurant. officials tell abc news it's growing increasingly likely the blast was the result of criminal activity. investigators now following reports by tenants who were told not to call 911 or con ed, but to let the landlord know if they smelled gas. prosecutors say that could be an indication the build's owner knew the gas piping wasn't up to code. the landlord and his general contractor, who suffered burns, being questioned by authorities. right now, the debris is being put into containers and taken to a secure location. tom? >> linzie janis, thank you.
and a university student is fighting for his life after a train slammed into his car at a crossing. it's latest in a two-month string of deadly train collisions. here's aditi roy. >> reporter: tonight, new details about this devastating commuter rail crash in los angeles between a metro train and this car, demolished beyond recognition. >> we got one male patient in that car. >> reporter: authorities identify the car's driver as a 21-year-old usc film student and navy veteran who had to be extricated from the vehicle. he remains in critical condition. the train operator, kenneth goss, a 29-year metro veteran in his mid-50s, was released from the hospital. officials say the light rail train pulled away from the station shortly before 10:50 a.m., traveling only half a block before investigators say the driver tried to make an improper left turn. the accident, one of 30 train versus car crashes nationwide in the last two months.
part of the problem on this train line in los angeles is that there are no gates or barriers preventing cars from crossing the tracks when the trains are coming. while experts say the number of these types of collisions aren't on the rise, when light rail shares the road in dense urban areas, safety becomes an issue. >> when you have more frequency of crossing a place that is dangerous, there is a higher chance to have an accident. >> reporter: the investigation into this latest crash continues. the trains, back on track, as lingering questions remain. aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. and authorities looking for help finding a college senior that disappeared friday morning in minneapolis. she was last seen at closing time. the trail has gone cold. mary bruce on the investigation. >> reporter: 22-year-old jennifer hule seems to have disappeared without a trace. >> she's an amazing sister and friend to all of us.
>> reporter: she was last seen at this bar around 1:30 a.m. friday. wearing this green shirt and black leggings. friends think she may have tried to walk home. >> her purse and phone were found in the middle of the street near her apartment building. >> reporter: even more confusing, the tight timing. her items were found just an hour and a half after she's thought to have left the bar. police are interviewing witnesses, including an ex-boyfriend, and scanning video looking for clues. but it's been two days and the trail is cold. friends and family are putting up fliers and posting online. on facebook her sorority sisters wrote, we need all the help we can get to find this warm-hearted, beautiful person. hoping she will be home soon. mary bruce, abc news, washington. still ahead, spring break. the party that went dangerous. shots fire. find out what happened, and why
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finally, it takes a lot to stop the production of an action-packed, money-making movie sequel in hollywood. even the death of the leading man couldn't stop the next sequel to "the fast and the furious." but will fans of the late actor paul walker be okay with his digital double? clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: in hollywood, the show must go on. and when actor paul walker was killed in a car accident halfway
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next at 6:00, a search underway for a uc berkeley soccer player last seen at a party in los angeles. new report reveals a pay gap between men and women at the capitol. how it compares to the rest of the state. plus. >> all my little hulk maniacs out there. >> the wrestling fans styling and profiling for the biggest day in sports entertain. right here in the bay area. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm matt keller. tonight a search is underway for a uc berkeley soccer player missing in southern california. eloi vasquez went to marin academy in san rafael. his family is in los angeles helping authorities try to find him. we're live from berkeley with
what they know. >> reporter: eloi vasquez is a freshman midfielder on the uc berkeley soccer team, and on friday he drove down with teammates, who hey friends at usc. that night he went to a fraternity party at at around 1:00 in the morning his cousin told me vasquez tried to talk his friends into running to the beach but they told him no. the beach is 15 miles away. vasquez decided to leave the party on his own, and a short time later he made a phone call to his friend in berkeley. he said he was lost, alone, worried and needed her help. she told him to reach out to his friends who were with him at the party. at 2:15 in the morning he called her again repeating the same story mentioning something bat beach. that's that last time anyone heard from vasquez. his parents drove down to los angeles and are pleading for any help that loads