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>> and i'm dan ashley. for all of us, we appreciate your time and we'll see you again in half an hour. tonight, breaking developments as we come on. the crash landing. the passenger jet exploding into flames. and this evening, we now have images of the panic inside the boeing 777. 300 passengers and crew racing to escape down emergency chutes. and new reporting here. did the pilot forget to put down the landing gear? also breaking tonight, donald trump onstage moments ago. what he's now saying amid reports of turmoil inside his campaign. as a key republican says they're now supporting hillary clinton. as we come on tonight, the tropical storm just upgraded to a hurricane. the track right now and when it makes landfall. also, massive flooding shutting down highways, as new wildfires erupt in the west. the tragedy behind the supermarket.
two teenagers discovered, and tonight, late word of an arrest. plus, who will carry the american flag in rio? the big reveal amid the urgent warning about the water. good evening. and we begin tonight with new reporting after that crash landing, a boeing 777 smashing down onto the runway. it would appear the landing gear was not down. cell phone video showing the plane then skidding to a stop in dubai as smoke pours out. and then, suddenly, an explosion. the jet engulfed in a huge fireball. passengers had just escaped. and these new images tonight of the chaos inside the cabin, as passengers raced to the emergency chutes. 300 passengers and crew then running from the flames. and tonight here, two major questions. did the pilots forget to engage the landing gear? and was it the control tower that noticed something was terribly wrong?
just as we also learn, it's happened right here at a major airport in the u.s., as well. abc's david kerley, leading us off. >> reporter: this, the final seconds of the crash landing with no landing gear deployed. as the boeing 777 slides down the dubai runway, it's right engine ripped from the wing. smoke billowing. and then, moments later, that ring wing without an engine, explodes. that is the fuel tank in the wing blown into the air in a ball of flames. before that fireball ignites, it was panic inside the cabin. >> leave everything! please jump and slide! >> reporter: even though it's an emergency evacuation, some passengers are opening bins, grabbing their luggage. >> jump, jump, jump! leave your bags behind! >> reporter: before, as we see in this cell phone video, they slid down the emergency chutes. but look. the left engine is on fire, too. the passengers and crew scramble away from the smoking jetliner. remarkably, all survived. a firefighter on the ground was killed.
all of it terrifying for the passengers. >> it was a big noise. we had not heard any announcement or anything. but it was a big noise. >> a lot of people were shouting, crying. >> reporter: emirates flight 521 had a normal flight from india to dubai, with 282 passengers and a crew of 18. six of the passengers americans. as the jet approaches, no sense of emergency from the pilot. >> cleared to land one-two left. emirates 521. >> reporter: but according to one confirmed tower recording, 12 seconds later, the pilot is told to go around. however, seconds later, the massive jet hits the ground and slides. the mystery tonight -- why did a wide-body jet crash land without its gear down? former ntsb investigator in charge, tom haueter, says the passengers were lucky to escape, before that wing blew. the smoke and then all of a sudden, this explosion. >> absolutely. it's very dramatic. that piece of metal got away, probably several thousand pounds, being tossed in the air like that. >> reporter: emirates and dubai
officials suggest there was wind shear at the airfield, which could push a plane down. the airline, though, would not even confirm that the landing gear was not deployed, even though they did receive a digital download of the black boxes. david? >> david kerley tonight. david, our thanks to you. and let's get right to our aviation expert, john nance, a veteran airline pilot himself. and john, first off, as you heard david report there, that it would appear the landing gear was not down. you flew a prototype of the 777 before it was even in service. a lot of people assume the planes are so automated now, but the landing gear, the pilots have to do themselves? >> absolutely they do. even with all of this sophisticated electronics, the airplane will not put its landing gear down for you. you have to do that. it will squawk at you, it will tell you you'vetarded power without the gear down, you've got checklist and procedures, but ultimately, you've got to put it down. >> so, there's a chance here the
pilot simply forgot to put the gear down? >> it is possible they forgot to put it down, got out of sequence. >> it was 12 seconds, as you heard there, john, after this jet was cleared to land, and then the tower urging them to go around. is it likely the tower saw the gear was not down on this jet? >> i think there's a high likelihood the tower noticed something, and that's the reason that they gave them the go-around call. now, it could have been a traffic conflict that we don't know anything about. but what is in front of us right now is the tower making a call for no apparent reason. if they saw no gear on this airplane, that would have been a reason. >> and john, you were telling me before, that this has happened right here in the u.s., at newark airport? >> yeah, it has. about four years ago. we gave an air traffic controller an archie award for it. he picked up the microphone, saw the 747 with no gear, said, air india, check your gear. it trundled in position and locked just seconds before it would have touched and did touch the runway. >> averting possible disaster there. john nance with us tonight. john, thank you. in the meantime, we turn next here to major new developments in the race for the white house. several top republican leaders are growing increasingly concerned that donald trump's campaign is in trouble. amid reports of turmoil inside the campaign. just a short time ago, what donald trump said after talk of that turmoil, amid a new poll
just out tonight. take a look. the fox news poll released just a short time ago showing hillary clinton now with a ten-point lead, 49 to 39, the biggest lead in months. so, how is trump reacting to it all? abc's david wright is in florida. >> reporter: tonight in florida, donald trump insists his campaign has never been stronger. >> the campaign is doing really well. it's never been so well united. right now, it's the best, in terms of being united, than it's been since we began. >> reporter: and from his campaign manager, this -- >> the candidate is in control of his campaign. >> reporter: but republican leaders see a campaign imploding. they're furious that instead of attacking hillary clinton, trump lashed out at the grieving parents of a fallen soldier. >> i was viciously attacked, so, i think i have the right. >> reporter: and pointedly refused to endorse house speaker paul ryan. president obama is now pressuring republicans to withdraw their endorsements. >> there has to be a point in
which you say, this is not somebody i can support for president of the united states. >> reporter: some prominent republicans are doing just that. among them, hewlett-packard ceo meg whitman, announcing today she's voting for clinton, saying trump's candidacy "has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division." and now, with clinton's poll numbers rising, the billionaire is doubling down on this warning. >> i'm afraid the election is going to be rigged. i have to be honest. >> reporter: offering no proof, trump is now predicting rampant voter fraud. >> people are going to walk in, they're going to vote ten times, maybe. who knows. they're going to vote ten times. so, i'm very concern and i hope the republicans are going to be very watchful. >> reporter: some trump supporters are now openly telling him, rein it in. >> you have one person to attack -- hillary clinton. don't run against the world. >> he has got to find a way to slow down, really learn some new lessons. this is a little bit like "the apprentice." >> david wright with us live tonight, and david, last night
here, donald trump saying he is, quote, not ready to endorse house speaker paul ryan, with ryan's primary just days away now. causing an uproar within the party. has trump changed his mind tonight? >> reporter: apparently not, david. but today, his running mate broke ranks. governor mike pence, a former congressman, did endorse ryan, calling him a long-time friend and a strong conservative leader. pence said he did talk to trump ahead of the endorsement, and said that trump strongly encouraged him to endorse him. david? >> david wright at a trump rally tonight. david, thank you. and all of this comes amid questions over what donald trump said women should do if they're sexually harassed in the workplace. abc's cecilia vega now with what ivanka trump is now saying, as she defends her dad. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump's own comments about workplace sexual harassment causing yet another controversy. it began when trump defended former fox news boss roger ailes, who resigned after several women claimed he harassed them.
>> i can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, i know how much he's helped them and now all of a sudden they are saying these horrible things about him -- it's very sad. >> reporter: and then, when asked, what if ivanka trump was harassed at work? trump saying in a recent interview, "i would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case." suggesting that the victim is the one who should leave the job. eric trump defending his father -- >> you should certainly take it up with human resources and i think she definitely would as a strong person. at the same time, i don't think she would allow herself to be subjected to that. >> reporter: from fox's megyn kelly, a one-word response -- "sigh." the republican nominee later telling "the washington post," it's a woman's choice whether to stay on the job or quit, saying, "i think a lot of women wouldn't want to stay in a place where they're being harassed." ivanka trump, stepping in to try to clean up the mess. >> i think sexual harassment is inexcusable in any setting. harassment in general,
regardless of sexual or otherwise, is totally unacceptable. if it transpires, it needs to be reported and it needs to be dealt with on a company level. >> and cecilia vega with us live tonight from colorado. and cecilia, hillary clinton speaking a short time ago there, she did not bring up this sexual harassment controversy, is that part of their strategy now? >> reporter: it is, and it's a strategy that seems to be, let donald trump do the talking, especially in the wake of this rocky 24 hours. but david, you can bet that these controversial comments will come back to haunt him in a campaign ad against him very soon. david? >> cecilia vega tonight. cecilia, thanks. next this evening, to breaking news. authorities say possible homegrown terror stopped in its tracks. an american police officer whose job it is to keep the subway safe, the metro in washington, d.c., is tonight charged with trying to help isis. was there a possible terrorist within their own ranks? abc's mary bruce on the undercover operation. >> reporter: tonight, law enforcement investigating one of
their own. a transit police officer accused of trying to help terrorists. a loner in this tight-knit community. >> no, i'm not shocked that he's involved with terrorism. >> reporter: not shocked? >> i'm not shocked at all. i'm not shocked, because he was so weird. he was just so secluded and kept to himself. >> reporter: 36-year-old nicholas young arrested at work today, and in court within hours. the first cop charged with aiding isis. hundreds of thousands of people ride these trains every single day, under the careful watch of officers like young, but officials say young never threatened the d.c. system. he allegedly sold pre-paid phone cards to an undercover fbi agent posing as an isis operative. >> it sounds like the fbi have been watching him for the better part of six years. >> reporter: officials say young was part of a radical network he previously associated with amin el khalifi. seen in this undercover fbi video, readying an attack on the u.s. capitol. mary bruce, abc news, washington. >> mary, thank you. and next here, to the
tropical storm late today upgraded now to a hurricane, and the new track at this hour. hurricane earl forming in the caribbean, just a short time ago. also tonight, we're tracking a dangerous new wildfire roaring to life near california's wine country. mandatory evacuations for homes under way. meteorologist rob marciano tracking both, and rob, let's start with that now hurricane earl. >> reporter: yeah, it's a category 1 storm. winds of 75 miles an hour. scraping the coastline of honduras. it will make landfall in belize city around midnight tonight. the main threat with this is going to be a lot of rain. could see some devastating mudslides in the mountains there. staying in mexico there after. we also have flash flood watches for the southeast and north carolina, seven inches of rain there, and the desert southwest. the monsoon continues. red flag warnings for critical fire danger in the mountains, and a tornado watch out now for parts of north dakota. but all eyes in central america tonight, are certainly on hurricane earl. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thank you. the major international headline at this hour. and it's an issue that will
likely blow up on the campaign trail. donald trump already asking, how this happened. there are new revelations tonight the obama administration delivered $400 million in cash to iran, just as iran was releasing four american hostages back in january. tonight, the administration vehemently denies it was ransom, so, let's get right to abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. and martha, if it wasn't ransom, what was it? >> reporter: well, the white house insists the timing is a coincidence, but david, that $400 million payment, first reported by "the wall street journal," was delivered on an unmarked private plane using foreign currency, stacked on palettes, arriving in tehran within 36 hours of the release of those american prisoners, including jason rezaian of "the washington post" and former marine amir hekmati. and within years of the formal implementation of the iran nuclear deal. >> and martha, the u.s. maintaining tonight that it was money owed iran from an arms deal long ago?
>> reporter: yes, from before the revolution in 1979. and that $400 million was just the first payment of a $1.7 billion settlement, but whether they were owed it or not, david, the timing of the repayment allows the iranians to say they got something from the americans for the deals they made. >> all right, martha raddatz tracking this live from washington. martha, thank you. next tonight, to rio. the opening ceremony for the olympics just two days away now, and tonight, there are lingering fears about the water in which athletes will be competing. abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser, traveling to rio to test what's in the water. >> reporter: tonight, the water around rio is under the microscope. the world health organization is sounding the alarm, for some 1,400 olympic athletes set to compete in these polluted waters. we took a look from the air, where we could see the pipes directing, we're told, untreated sewage straight into the water. but up close, garbage, debris
and worse. here's something you see all over rio. raw sewage streaming into waterways that lead out to the bay where they are holding a lot of the olympic events. that's a big health concern. in that sewage, viruses, bacteria, that can cause severe infections. the w.h.o. is now telling athletes to avoid swallowing water, cover open cuts and wash immediately after exposure. olympic officials insist the water is safe. but to see for ourselves, we collected a sample in two different spots and took them to a lab outside rio. >> and dr. richard besser with us tonight. and rich, as we await those lab results, likely tomorrow night right here in the meantime, the warning already from the world health organization that you just reported on, telling athletes to avoid swallowing water, avoid open cuts in the water, that's alarming. >> reporter: that is alarming. you know, you would not expect that athletes coming to the olympics would have to take those precautions. but these aren't typical games. the athletes this year are going the be competing in what we think is close to raw sewage. >> all right, dr. besser with
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>> but tonight, so many thinking of him. because tony bennett is turning 90. already becoming the oldest artist to have a number one album in the world, and i asked him what he thought of that history made. >> well, i'm thrilled about that, because i've always wanted to be one of a kind, somehow. and it happened. ♪ i'm in heaven >> 60 years between them, but as we've all learned, that it's voice that's ageless. ♪ in a river or a creek ♪ but i don't enjoy it half as much ♪ ♪ as dancing cheek to cheek >> and we haven't forgotten what he told us about age and his secret, all these years. >> i never worked a day in my life, because i love what i do. and i just love the fact that i'm getting away with it. >> happy birthday, mr. bennett. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow.
>>. the i team uncovers an imminent threat during what a prison gang is calling black august. wheels of justice grind to a halt as court clerks go on strike and tomorrow isn't looking better, either. >> you have to do that. have you to trust somebody else. >> u.s. investigation is taking her side into what happened to her son at school. investigating chams from gym members who say they thought they had fixed-price lifetime memberships but the price is going up. an urgent bulletin going out to law enforcement warning of a threat of attacks against officers on the streets and in prison. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. it has to do with what is called black august. dan noyes is here with an exclusive investigation. >> one of my sources from law
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