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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the miracle escape. new video just in showing dale earnhardt jr.'s baby daughter lifted from the burning wreckage after his jet crashed off the runway. erupting into flames as authorities release the 911 calls for help. also breaking tonight, the nationwide outage causing chaos at airports across the country, as the u.s. customs computer network goes down. new york, los angeles, dallas, all affected. long lines stacking up. the subway scare. and tonight, the manhunt. after authorities discovered three suspicious devices in new york city. two left in a subway station during the morning commute. now authorities asking the public, have you seen this man? the autopsy is in. the jail cell death of jeffrey epstein. what the medical examiner has now concluded. fear factor.
president trump warning voters the economy will crash without him. saying, quote, "your 401(k) will go down the tube," and you may hate him but have no choice but to vote for him. six hours on the tarmac. the nightmare for passengers on a delta plane at an airport complaining about inhumane conditions before a brawl broke out. police boarding the plane. and man versus mother nature. the close call for kayakers when a huge piece of ice collapsed. and good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy friday night. tom llamas in for david. several developing stories as we come on. we begin with the amazing escape from a burning plane for dale earnhardt jr. and his family. the baby girl taken out, among the first to be rescued.
firefighters rushing to put out the flames. a blackened shell, all that is left of the plane. and investigators with the first details from inside the crash. steve osunsami is on the scene in tennessee. >> reporter: new cell phone video tonight shows the moment when they were all safe, just after the plane came to a stop and the fire starts. the broken jetway opens. they pull the baby out first, and everyone gets out alive. federal investigators tonight believe that the private jet carrying nascar legend dale earnhardt jr. and his family bounced at least twice during landing, before sliding off the runway and blowing up into this ball of fire. >> it came out of the airfield through the fence and it is on fire. >> reporter: eyewitnesses who called for help cheered when the family ran out. >> there's a girl. there's one, there's a baby. there's a dog. >> reporter: authorities say that surveillance video they've collected from nearby businesses show the plane hitting the runway so hard, the right landing gear was destroyed, sending the plane sliding through a fence and onto a highway. >> you can actually see the right main landing gear is collapsing on the video.
>> reporter: earnhardt jr., his two pilots, his wife, and their 15-month-old not only walked away but without any serious injury. it was his plane, and the former racing star was the only one who needed medical attention with cuts and bruises. >> the good lord was in charge on that flight. at s beean left behind in enjoyable start to the weekend. they're telling us that the plane could be here for two days while the investigators do their work. i don't know if you can see it, but there's a fence that's wrapped around the body of the plane. that's the fence the plane crashed through when it skidded off the runway. earnhardt jr. was here for the big race this weekend, where are he was working as a television analyst. after getting released from the hospital last night, he took the weekend off. >> steve, we can see parts of the wreckage from the plane over your shoulder there. incredible that they survived. and now we know why the fire was so intense?
>> reporter: authorities explain it's because there was more than 1,000 gallons of fuel in the plane, some of it seeped into the stream directly behind me. the smell of fuel is still ve,g. tom? >> steve, thank you. next to the nationwide chaos after the failure of u.s. customs computers at airports across the country, the imag cining lines new yors k. thterminal packed with people at dulles airpallas,safrancisc r airports as well. david kerley is at reagan airport in the capital. >> reporter: long lines on a friday evening. >> the airport is wild, it's just nuts. >> reporter: the customs service apparently suffering a computer
malfunction. new york's jfk, the first to report what became a nationwide problem. >> ery ishing and shoving, it got a little crazy. >> reporter: customs and border protection called it a temporary outage, but added it is still processing international travelers using alternative procedures. admitting some lines are long at the largest airports. >> david, we saw the long lines in your report. now we're hearing systems are starting to come back online? >> reporter: that's what they're telling us, systems are up and they're processing passengers. it will be take a while to deal with the backlog. a year and a half ago, the system was down for about two hours as well, interrupting
international travel. tom? >> david, thank you. now to the manhunt here in new york city after a bomb scare shut down a major subway station during the morning commute. two suspicious devices found underground, a third found about a mile away. bomb squad teams carefully investigating those devices. soon after the nypd releasing this surveillance image, calling the man a person of interest. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: at the height of new york city's busy morning commute, the bomb squad racing to downtown manhattan. reports of a possible explosive device. finding three abandoned rice cookers, one on the street near a trash can and two more inside a subway station. police later giving the all clear, no explosives inside. >> it certainly is the kind of thing that we would want to know, why is he placing it there and what is the purpose of that? >> reporter: but that scare >> they're just gonna put two
pressure cookers downstairs? i mean, out of nowhere? no, that's scary. >> reporter: police calling the devices a hoax, but tonight they are hunting for this person of interest spotted on subway surveillance video. >> he places the pressure cooker in the upper level and then on the lower level. >> reporter: investigators zeroing in on that person of interest using some of the 10,000 surveillance cameras that routinely keep watch all over the city. the nypd on heightened alert ever since that pressure cooker bombing in new york's chelsea neighborhood back in 2016, injuring nearly three dozen people. that attacker, ahmad khan rahimi, was later captured and convicted. we're told police know who that person of interest is. tom? >> gio benitez, thank you. and there are new developments in the investigation into the death of jeffrey epstein.
tonight, the medical examiner is out with the official cause and manner of his death. it comes as the woman accused of recruiting underrage girls was reportedly seen in public. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the official cause of death for disgraced financier jeffrey epstein revealed. new york's chief medical examiner ruling the multimillionaire, who was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges, died from suicide by hanging. according to "the new york times," in epstein's autopsy he hung himself with enough force that he broke several bones in his neck. guards who were supposed to do welfare checks every 30 minutes failed to do so. guards finding him early saturday mornings in his jail cell. the report coming as conspiracy theories swirled about how epstein could kill himself days after being removed from suicide watch and after an earlier suicide attempt. all this as epstein's longtime associate ghislaine maxwell was reportedly seen in public for the first time since the
millionaire's death. according to "the new york post" this image of her reading a book about cia operatives was taken monday at a los angeles fast food restaurant. abc news has not been able to verify the photo. >> jeffrey epstein's network of enablers stole from me. they robbed me of my youth, my identity, my innocence, and my self-worth. >> reporter: maxwell and three others were named this week as co-conspirators in a new lawsuit brought by jennifer araoz, who claimed they helped facilitate her sexual assault by epstein when she was just 14. maxwell has denied similar allegations in the past and has not been charged with any crime. >> the alleged co-conspirators are now under the microscope even more so now that epstein has died. >> reporter: tonight, two more women are suing epstein's estate, claiming they were recruited by an epstein employee who may have also been one of
his victims. the southern district of new york and nypd say they will continue to investigate. >> stephanie, thank you. next to the shooting standoff in southern missouri. officers serving an eviction notice hit by gunfire, an apparent ambush. other officers arriving, getting them to safety, and the tense standoff went on. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, that missouri standoff ongoing. police calling it an ambush. >> carter county officer down. >> reporter: officers serving an eviction notice fired upon. the suspect pinning officers down. >> he's armed at least with at least a couple of handguns. they are an ak style rifle and a shotgun. >> very active, very fluid. we got one person that was our suspect. he's stayed inside the house. we've yet to be able to make contact with him. >> reporter: those officers finally pulled from what had become a shooting gallery. >> moving in to rescue the deputy now. >> reporter: one of the officers saved by his ballistic vest.
this comes following that standoff in philadelphia wednesday night, six officers shot, two others pinned down for hours. that suspect also using a semi-automatic rifle. >> matt, i'm being told the suspect just surrendered? >> reporter: just moments ago, he surrendered to a s.w.a.t. team. of the two officers who were shot, one of them has already been released. the other is in stable condition. and now to politics. president trump doubling down on the economy, after the dow rising 306 points, but ending with its third weekly loss in a row. the president declaring the economy is strong in new hampshire, telling the crowd they have no choice but to vote for him. here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: 24 hours after wall street took its deepest dive of the year, president trump warned his supporters that without him, they can kiss their life savings
good-bye. >> if for some reason i wouldn't have won the election, these markets would have crashed. and that'll happen even more so in 2020. you have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s down the tubes. everything's gonna be down the tubes. so whether you love me or hate me, you've gotta vote for me. >> reporter: but there are growing fears of a recession. markets on edge amid the president's trade war with china. >> i never said china was going to be easy. >> reporter: actually, he did. just last year the president tweeting trade wars are "good and easy to win." in new hampshire, the president's rally interrupted by a protester. >> that guy's got a serious weight problem. go home. start exercising. get him out of here, please. got a bigger problem than i do. got a bigger problem than all of us.
>> reporter: turns out the president singled out the wrong guy. the man he mocked was actually a supporter. he later got a friendly call e . >> kyra, before heading out to the rally, president trump pressured israel into blocking a visit from two american congresswomen. today, israel seemed to back down a little? >> reporter: that's right. congresswoman tlaib wanted to visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the west bank. today, israel agreed to that, but she would have to promise in writing not to promote boycotts against israel. tlaib refused, tweeting visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions goes against everything i believe in. >> thank you. and president trump is reportedly eyeing a new real
estate purchase. floating the idea of the u.s. buying greenland. already, the home of the fuel air base. it's not clear how serious president trump is about the deal. but greenland's foreign minister shut it down. next to the severe weather watch for the weekend. it comes after four reported tornadoes in kansas, one of them here in alta vista. and searing heat fueling wildfires in the west. evacuations in san jose. rob marciano is tracking it all. good evening. >> reporter: an unusually strong august jet stream, severe weather and bad fire conditions, especially in colorado. there, you see red flag warnings across part of the state. could have storms that go to 75 miles per hour, north of i-70. cruising through kansas city,
north of chicago and st. louis. these are mostly night time events. sunday, into chicago. flood watches for miami, west palm, tampa, ft. myers. and another half a foot of rain football this weekend. >> thank you. and a passing to report from hollywood. peter fonda has died. the son of henry fonda, the younger brother of jane fonda. he died after a lengthy battle with cancer. he was 79. still ahead on "world news tonight," the six-hour nightmare for passengers onboard a delta flight. tensions reaching a boiling point. a fight breaking out. police boarding the plane. plus, the dramatic rescue. firefighters finding four small children inside a burning home.
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>> reporter: eventually, the flight took off and landed in miami at 3:00 a.m., eight hours late. >> that's not any type of sufficient compensation for what people had to go through. >> reporter: delta tells us it offered a bus for passengers who wanted to get off. the airliner claims the door was never closed for more than three hours. tom? >> will, thank you. when we come back, the major recall involving a tyson chicken product. and firefighters responding to a blaze, finding four small children inside. the heroic actions they took. stay with us. and live your lives. that's why we redesigned humira. we wanted to make the experience better for you. now there's less pain immediately following injection. we've reduced the size of the needle and removed thcitrate b. and it has the same effectiveness you know and trust. humira citrate-free is here.
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finally tonight, the retired teacher in texas with a lesson for us all. it's "america strong." in central texas, so many are talking about retired teacher michelle girard and what she just did. that's her smiling next to a former student, chris barrington, who just turned 30 years old. >> he deserves a good life. he's had a hard life. >> reporter: just two months ago, police found chris, who has special needs, wandering the streets of gatesville. when officers asked, he couldn't remember the name of anyone who could help except his junior high teacher ms. girard, who hadn't seen him in years. >> i said, what happens if i don't take him? will he get in a group home? they said, no, he'll have to go into an institution. i said not on my watch, he's not. >> reporter: so she took him in and realized in his 30 years there was so much he missed. >> he's never had a birthday present, a birthday party. he's never had christmas, thanksgiving. nothing.
>> reporter: so michele contacted a local fishing captain jimmy bennett, who helps people with special needs. they organized this birthday party. ♪ happy birthday to you a fishintr all for chris. chris was so excited to get on that boat and cruise around lake waco. >> as we were driving across the lake, he just said, "i love, i love you, i love you." he was having such a great time. >> reporter: right now michele is applying to become chris' guardian. in the meantime, he's meeting new friends, having new experiences and hopefully getting a new family. tonight, we salute that texas teacher for being "america strong." thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night. now from abc7, live breaking news. >> that breaking news is
impacting flyers coming into the united states from abroad. u.s. customs and border protection says a key computer system used to process arriving passengers is slowly coming back online. it was down for hours this afternoon. and that has led to excruciatingly long waits at international airports nationwide including san francisco international airport. >> and at sfo, hundreds if not thousands of flyers on arriving international flights have been delayed by hours. as we take a live look there. outage impacted arriving passengers with global entry. the cbp says it doesn't suspect the problem was caused by hackers. >> flyers are tweeting experiences. checkpoints all across the country, l.a.x., new york kennedy, miami, seattle-tacoma and washington dulles, both min net at that time san jose and oakland airports have arriving internional eard passport
control at those. we'll update you as we get more info. good afternoon. thanks for joining us on this fridbeil. >> i'm am map daetz. today's other big story, the heat. maybe slightly less a little bit. >> a little bit less. >> we have team coverage on the hot weather. >> news anchor eric thomas is in san leandro. another power out d. a patel s the forecast and hopefully good news on way. >> i don't deliver bad news. you know that. never. not me. let's look at live doppler 7, larry and ama. there is some fog that is creeping back up along the coastline. we have noticed a change in the air mass. not so much inland. it's still hot. 101 brentwood. 104 fairfield. half moon bay 64, san francisco 71, 89 santa rosa, 76 in