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. tonight, the breaking news. investigators on the scene. 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. also the deadly accidents. some drivers stranded on the highway for 16 hours. from boston tonight, an unforgettable day in court. the video, moments after the bombs went off. >> get them 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. the superbug warnings tonight. patients at two separate hospitals warned they might have been exposed. and the dancing skeletons. watched by more than 50 million tonight. the stunned faces, the two sisters. and this was hardly the only reveal.
good evening. and we begin this thursday night with dangerous and deadly storm coverage. 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 right through, coming to a halt just feet from the icy water. this image taken by a passenger inside the plane looking out there, how close they came to the water. moments later, the crew with fuel leaking getting passengers off that plane, coming down the wing standing out in the snow. there were also deadly accidents today, drivers stranded for miles, some up to 16 hours. we do have team coverage tonight. we'll get to it 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 the runway. 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 we hit the ground it was going way too fast, way too fast. >> 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 break ss braking on a runway that had just been plowed. >> once of the puzzling elements here is why the airplane veered off the runway, when they still had quite bit of runway ahead of them, and that would indicate that maybe another malfunction took place that we havent considered. >> reporter: more than two dozen people suffered minor injuries. five people, like this man 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 with us live now from laguardia airport. gio, you reported there that a couple of planes 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 coverer erps 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: thoughout the day, the red letters on the schedule board became more numerous, more than 4,600 flights today alone canceled. >> met me at the door and they said all of american airlines flights are cancelled. >> reporter: and if this feels like deja vu, it is. in the past two weeks, more than 2,100 flights have been canceled leaving passengers stranded. last night in dallas, on cots. in d.c. -- >> probably going to spend 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 chance lated flights. david? >> david kerley with us as well. 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 up to new england. scenes like this in st. louis playing out across the country. wow. cars spinning out. and bowling green, kentucky snow flows. behind them, commuters, thankful. and on i-65 south of louisville grid locked 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 footd and warming shelters. it's about 1:00 in the afternoon right now, and some of these vehicles have been here for about 16 hours. if you look the line goes as far as the eye can see. >> 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. just outside birmingham alabama, tonight, crews responding to a 14-car crash. 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 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. by that time we'll see seven inches for 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 one in the morning. that's not a wind chill. there's light at the end of the ms image from the roadways before we move on tonight. a kedly 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 watching it all in court. among the victims a young woman with a message for the aim accused bomber being read bill 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 rebecca greg little is one of those who lost a leg. this is her on the ground, moenlts 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 night marls 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 have 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. 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 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. >> bleeding here. bleeding here. 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, a radical korean nationalist, screamed, "south
north korea should be re-unified" as he slashed away with a ten-inch knife, finally wrestled to the ground by local police and bystanders. 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. north korea actually hailed the incident, calling it the "knife attack of justice." the u.s. and south korea are conducting joint military exercises this week. but the real issue -- security. lippert had just one unarmed, local bodyguard. >> how would one of our ambassadors be stabbed multiple times, who has had to fend off the attacker himself and there was nobody close enough to help him? that's just inexcusable. >> reporter: tonight, ambassador lippert is in stable condition in a 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, shows 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 items 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 use vie pratt 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 about 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? >> jon karl live from the white house tonight. jon, we saw the tweet, mrs. clinton asking the state department to release the e-mails. 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? and this even egg, theing, the controversial decision made by the circus about elephants. will you agree with them?
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but no one knew why the cameras were rolling. a crowd gathers around a scene, show what appears to be skeletons dancing. all different pairs, all to the macklemore song "same love." onlookers asking what exactly are we looking at? this dance move the two seam to have it perfected. when they emerge from behind the screen -- maddie fist,rst and her sister sophie. love has no disability. tonight, the video has more than 50 million views. >> hi, david! >> reporter: the two sisters revealing why they chose that dance. >> maddie likes doing the egyptian dance. >> do it. do the egyptian. >> reporter: and they were just one pair one of many. this one, a dancing love story. a kiss and a message that love has no race. this couple the warm embrace saying it all. love has 0no age. through it all, the audience fixated. the hug, the faces. the two little friends revealed.
it's all part of a campaign by the ad counsel tonight. couples and friends who they say embody the idea that love has no label. and the gray family from california agrees. >> she is the same on the inside even though she has special needs. >> reporter: all of those couples making millions smile tonight. including the sisters and their simple message. >> i love my sister. >> and we love checking in with them earlier today. thank you for watching this thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night.