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tonight, the fire emergency on the runway in florida. a packed jet suddenly bursts into flames. tonight the race to get out alive. injured passengers rushed to the hospital. what happened? is it panic time for jeb bush? in crisis mode, insisting his campaign isn't on life support after a dramatic and some say disastrous confrontation with his one-time protege marco rubio. late developments in a massive manhunt for an arm and dangerous fugitive who opened fire on a police officer. communities on lockdown. schools shut down. tonight the fbi may be closing in. flu shot concerns. is the vaccine less effective in people who take statins? the provocative new research leaving so many asking what to do. "nightly news" begins right now. this is nbc "night
lu is in" with lester holt. reporting tonight from los angeles. good evening. for the second time in this country in as many months, the frightening sight of smoke pouring from a burning commercial passenger plane had many fearing the worst. as it was, several of the more than 100 people aboard were injured while trying to flee a booing 767 engulfed in thick smoke after an engine burst into flames at ft. lauderdale/hollywood international airport in florida. it happened as the jet was awaiting take-off on a flight bound for venezuela and comes weeks after a similar incident involving a british jetliner in las vegas. kerry sanders is at the airport with late details. >> reporter: dynamic air flight 405 just pulled away from the gate leaking fuel. >> dynamic, out of the left engine looks like it's leaking a lot of fuel. >> reporter: within moments, the left
>> engine's on fire! >> reporter: doors opened, slides deployed and passengers scrambled for their lives. >> we saw the fire, people started freaking out. >> i heard loud bang. turned around, saw the light, saw flames. ran to the front of the aircraft. >> i heard people screaming, running to the front. i'm like what's happening? i turn around and look in the window and it's like flames all over the turbine of the plane. >> reporter: people recorded the billowing smoke. this woman says they took us out. it was an am ernlg si. the plane was on fire. >> calmly, very calmly opened, smarted the procedure opening the door. the plane was still moving when this was going on. >> reporter: in all, 101 passengers and cry evacuated the boeing 767 in just six minutes. in all, paramedics and emergency physicians treated more than 20
condition with a head injury. most believed injured in the panic to escape, not by the fire. firefighters had a long line where it appears a trail of fuel had been drifts from the plane before it caught fire. dynamic air based in greensboro, north carolina, is a charter airline that only began operations from ft. lauderdale to south america about six months ago. dynamic air is a small charter airline with only five planes in its fleet. tonight they have a representative here to answer questions for the national transportation safety board. ntsb has a team here to examine the aftermath to determine what went wrong. airport was closed here for several hours today, 182 flights were delayed, 42 lester? >> scary moments. kerry sanders, thank you. there is fast-moving fallout from that dramatic confrontation in boulder. jeb bush struggling in the polls and needing a big breakout moment.
defined by this moment, a punch that didn't land against marco rubio and his missed senate votes. >> you can campaign or just resign and let someone else take the job. >> let me tell you, i don't remember you ever complaining about john mccain's vote record. the only reason you're doing it now because we are running for the same position. someone convinced you attacking me will help you. >> reporter: bush put his one-time protege on notice. >> people ought to show up and work. >> reporter: a strategy agitating supporters. >> the republican party isn't going to like a personal argument coming out of jeb bush's mouth. >> reporter: he has money muscle. his brother fund-raising for him in washington today. >> i don't believe washington should be our master. >> reporter: they could defect if something doesn't change soon. >> you never want to answer questions the day after the debate whether your campaign is on life support or not. >> reporter: the calls to reset his message coming after months of falling fortunes for the former favorite, the six-month slide taking a toll on his attitude.
>> i've got a lot of really cool things i can do other than sit around being miserable. >> reporter: the campaign acknowledging it needs to adapt, shifting focus to new hampshire where today he picked up a key establishment endorsement. and establishing a confidence he hopes supporters will feel. hallie jackson, nbc news, reno. this is peter alexander in washington where ted cruz, fresh off a commanding debate performance is looking to make his next stand. the texas senator abruptly postponing a campaign swing through nevada, instead rushing back to capitol hill to rail against a bipartisan budget deal. nbc news learned cruz and marco rubio's campaigns have seen a fund-raising spike, roughly $1 million each since last night where cruz unleashed a missile against the media and moderator. >> look at the question, donald trump, are you a comic book villain, ben carson, can do you math? how about talking about substantive issue? >> cheered on by the
republican crowd. >> democrats have the ultimate super pac called the mainstream immediate yachl. >> reporter: the new york times on chris christie to drop out. >> can't read the article because i don't have a subscription. i'm not going anywhere. hours after this impassioned appeal about misplaced priorities. >> we have people out of work, we have isis and al qaeda attacking us, and we are talking about fantasy football? can we stop? >> reporter: carly fiorina tried to regain momentum. >> i may not be your dream candidate just yet, but i can assure you i'm hillary clinton's worst nightmare. >> reporter: a trump versus carson showdown never materialized. >> we get along very well. we are laughing at another other last night. >> reporter: both campaigns claiming steady performances. >> trump is not in any sort of trouble. he still has enviable poll numbers and still the republican party's front-runner.
>> reporter: tonight rnc chairman strongly criticized cnbc's handling of the debate said they are considering format changes for future debates to encourage more candidate exchanges and fewer confrontations with moderators. for its part, cnbc says people who want to be president should be able to answer tough questions. peter alexander and hallie jackson tonight, thanks. let's bring in our political director and moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. everybody wants to read so much into what happened in that debate last night. though are going to go at it again in less than three weeks. is it your bet we'll see the same people on the stage next time? >> i do think we'll see the same candidates at this point. there is no reason to get out now. you have that one debate. it's coming up literally in about two weeks. why not stick around? we are not going to see this field whittle until about thanksgiving. here what is we learned last night we know the establishment wing of the party is
marco rubio and the backups are kasich and christie. we know that the outsider lane of this primary is carson, trump and ted cruz. now i think what we are going to learn the next three weeks, can jeb bush right his ship? the pressure is really on him. it's on him to perform with donors, on him to perform with voters. the next debate, as important as this one was, now the next one is even that much more important. look, there's still a fluid field and plenty of time, but the pressure is on a lot of these candidates. jeb bush, first and foremost. >> chuck, thanks very much. >> you got it. a new era in washington as congressman paul ryan officially succeeds john boehner as the new speaker of the house, second in line to the presidency. it's a big generational shift, as well. ryan becomes the first speaker born in the 1970s. can the one-time vp candidate finally break the logjam and get congress to work? nbc's kelly o'donnell is on the hill where
ryan said today, the house is broken. >> reporter: today the path to change in washington crossed a generation. outgoing house speaker john boehner ends a quarter century in congress. no longer bashful about tears. >> i leave the way i started, just a regular guy, humbled by the chance to do a big job. >> reporter: at 45, with school age kids, paul ryan becomes the youngest speaker since 1869. but this handover comes from a deep conflict within their own republican party. a tea party wing that resisted boehnered a every turn and starts on fragile footing with speaker ryan. i faces conservative demand on no action on immigration and more fight over ideology like blocking funds for planned parenthood. >> we are not settling scores. we are wiping the slate clean. >> reporter: a day of
ceremony, and yes, selfies. mitt romney who chose ryan as a running mate. >> i think he would be a wonderful speaker of the house. >> reporter: boehner's exit clears the way for a fresh start, but a new era is on ryan's shoulders now. kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capitol. there are a lot of questions remaining tonight about how an expensive unmanned military blimp got loose and drifted across two states wreaking havoc along the way. now that it's back down to earth, our tom costello tells us the military is using rather unconventional methods to retrieve it from where it's stuck. >> reporter: shotgun blasts in the pennsylvania countryside as the military pumped more than 100 rounds into the top secret blimp to let the last of the helium escape. then the delicate job of cutting it out of the trees. crews did manage to roll up the tail section which separated from the blimp. the mile-long tether that snagged utility lines causing 30,000
to lose power also cut into sections and carted away. >> biggest challenge is the fact it's a down there. there is a stream that runs through site. it's heavily wooded. take military helicopters to lift the rest of the blimp out of the forest. the pentagon now reports the blimp costs $235 million, not $1.3 billion as it first said. a test program for a 360-degree airborne radar watching the east coast for enemy missiles or drones. it was turned off in april and never spotted a protester flying a gyrocopter to the army can't explain how the blimp broke free and drifted 150 miles across local residents are thankful it missed a nearby nuclear power plant. >> i'm surprised it got this far. i can't understand that they weren't able to control it somehow to bring it down. >> reporter: and coming down here of
all places, where the amish spurn all things modern. >> things are quiet here. we see a turkey or deere, but we don't see blimps. >> reporter: the military will likely use a chinook helicopter to lift the blimp out of the forest. it's about 10,000 pounds and they want to clear away as much of the vegetation and trees as they can so they don't cause more damage as they lift it up and out. >> tom costello in pennsylvania, thank you. concerns about taking statins that millions use to lower their cholesterol and the effect those drugs may be having on your flu shot. we want to bring in our medical contributor dr. natalie azar. do they lessen the effect jeffness of the flu vaccine? what are people supposed to do? >> we are not sure yet. this might be a case of drugs having an unintended consequence. you have a good set of drugs. they have a negative outcome, we are trying to investigate it whether that's the case.
these two reported studies today suggest perhaps the people who use statins could have a dampened response to the flu vaccine and also which could render them less effective. i think a really important message for people to understand is that this is far from definitive. this is we are not recommending if you want to get the flu vaccine to stop your statin. this is something to discuss with your physician. if you're over the age of 65, you want to ask for the high dose vaccine, as well. >> dr. natalie azar, good to have you here. thank you. hot off the trail. potential break of a manhunt of a fugitive accused of shooting police in two states. a man they call extremely dangerous. terrifying moments high above the ground
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a fugitive considered armed and dangerous may have been spotted in southern kentucky. a manhunt was launched after the suspect wanted on drug warrants allegedly shot an officer. schools were closed in the area for three days as police, the fbi and u.s. marshalls searched. now as our gabe gutierrez explains from springfield, tennessee, they may have the break they've been waiting for.
>> reporter: tonight, an active search in cumberland county, kentucky, for 62-year-old byrd cook after a possible sighting late today. the manhunt began saturday afternoon. police say cook, a convicted rapist and robber, opened fire on an officer during a traffic stop near the tennessee/kentucky border. the bulletproof vest saved him but cook escaped and disappeared after a shootout with a trooper later that night. >> he's definitely armed and extremely dangerous. he will grow increasingly desperate over the next several days. >> reporter: since then, the u.s. marshalls' office and fbi joined the search with neighborhoods in two states on edge. >> we're still searching. >> john: overnight in white house, tennessee, two of cook's known associates were arrested after a foot chase. their car spotted at a gas station. cook was initially believed to be inside. >> my husband saw a shadow over behind
that shed over there. >> reporter: betty saw one of the suspect's running through her yard and called 911. police swarmed the area. >> he could be in the woods, holed up in somebody's basement there could be a hostage situation. they are doing the fugitive investigation, conducting interviews, setting up surveillance. >> reporter: as the search heats up, this area is on high alert. >> i hope he gets captured so we can sleep at night again. >> reporter: at this hour, authorities in kentucky confirm that a sheriff's deputy spotted the suspect after he walked up to a home and asked for a ride. then he ran away. they set up a perimeter and plan to work through the night. >> gabe, thank you. we are back in a moment with good news if you're about to book a flight for the holidays. look, the wolf was huffing and puffing. like you do sometimes, grandpa? well, when you have copd, it can be hard to breathe. it can be hard to get air out, which can make it hard to get air in. so i talked to my doctor. she said...
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temperature. >> reporter: even a slight rise in temperature means more food. more fish staying put. researchers are teaming with huntington beach police. within minutes we found our first great white shark. hammer heads and great whites are close to shore. though rarely aggressive, there have been encounters. >> this el nino has the potential, if it continues to build, to be a record breaker. >> reporter: experts say el nino will deliver storms, floods and mudslides that could alter our landscape. already, the ecosystem in the ocean is changing. >> we get a whole new food chain that typically isn't part of southern california's ecosystem showing up during el nino. >> reporter: perhaps nature's early warning system, as el nino builds. miguel miguel almaguer nbc news, los angeles. >> that will do it for
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