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breaking news tonight. what we have just learned about the crash of flight 804. the passenger plane vanishing from radar. the two signals picked up on radar right before it disappeared. and tonight, inside the investigation. was it terror? brian ross on the reported plots to get bombs onto planes, in laptops, even in a soda can. and this evening, heightened security at american airports. what this means for millions of american travelers. donald trump unloading his most personal attack yet against bill clinton. and tonight, hillary clinton responds, and she says trump is not qualified to be president. the officer charged after a brutal confrontation with a female driver. he said he pulled her over for a missed turn signal. what does the surveillance show? the overpass collapse in a major american city.
and, we remember a sunday night giant -- morley safer. good evening. we begin tonight with the breaking developments in the mystery of egyptair flight 804. disappearing after taking off from paris. the main question, was it terror that brought it down? the major clues, 66 passengers and crew onboard, 3 of them children. new images of the search for debr debris. authorities said it made a sharp turn, plunging 37,000 feet into the sea. tonight, families in cairo grieving. david kerley takes us step by step through the final moments of this flight. >> reporter: just in tonight these scenes -- the scouring of
the surface of the mediterranean sea looking for any sign of egyptair flight 804. a u.s. military aircraft aiding in the search. and early suggestions that debris was discovered, tonight discounted tonight by greek search crews. this is the jetliner which fell out of the sky with no distress call. the late night flight boarded 56 passengers and 10 crew, including 3 air marshals, taking off from paris' charles de gaulle airport at 11:09. near the end of the four-hour flight, at 2:30 a.m., the pilots check in with air traffic control. all is fine as the jet enters egyptian airspace at 37,000 feet, cruising altitude. 16 minutes later, the airbus a-320 just drops off radar screens. the greek defense minister says his country's radar showed the plane erratically turning left, then making a full circle to the right, possibly suggesting the jet was falling out of the sky. at 2:50, the last attempt to contact egyptair 804. no response.
egyptian officials begrudgingly admitting the most likely cause of the crash is terror. >> the possibility of having a different action, of having a terror attack is higher than the possibility of having a technical problem. >> reporter: the jetliner had flown to trouble spots before paris. on tuesday, it was in eritrea and to tunisia yesterday before making the paris to cairo flight. tom houter is an authority. >> if it turns out this was a bomb, yes, you have to look at the whole security for all the flights. where did the aircraft come from, what kind of bomb was it. >> reporter: hours after the jet disappeared relatives gathered at airports. learning the grim news that no one survived. amidst the grief, relief for this man who at the last moment changed his flight or he too would have been on flight 804. "i had knots in my stomach and i have had ever since then. i am really lucky."
where this jet went down is some of the deepest water in the mediterranean. that means the recovery of wreckage or black boxes will have to be done with remote vehicles. >> let's get to retired colonel steve ganyard. there were reports it hooked to the left, then turned 360 degrees in the other direction. but you're not convinced it was intact at that point. >> straight and level one minute and the next, it was gone. >> what do you think the radar was picking up? >> one idea is, the radar was seeing the pieces of the airplane as it hit the water. >> and how big of a deal is it that there was no distress call?
>> that suggests something c catastrophic happened, and perhaps it was a bomb. >> thank you. if this was a terror attack, the obvious question is what brought down the plane. we have learned the u.s. government at this hour is doing an intensive background investigation of the pilots and crew on the plane. we have reported before of the new plots to bring bombs onboard. isis using a soda can and a laptop bomb. brian ross is about to show you the video when two airport workers handed off a laptop bomb in that case. >> reporter: security officials say few airports in the world have better security than charles de gaulle in paris. but tonight, investigators are screening surveillance video there, fearful a massive failure either in screening luggage or screening airport employees may have allowed a bomb to be hidden on the egyptair jet.
abc's alex marquardt is there. >> reporter: after last year's paris attacks, security was beefed up. and concerns grew about the tens of thousands of workers. more than 70 of the so called "red badges" that give access to secure areas were revoked or not renewed because of fears of radicalization. >> reporter: al qaeda and isis have a long track record of targeting airplanes and airports, including the russian jet brought down over egypt last year. isis claimed explosives hidden in this soda can were responsible, and officials say it was an airport worker who smuggled it onboard. and now u.s. officials are warning that al qaeda-connected terrorists have come up with a new hard-to-detect bomb hidden in laptop computers. a laptop bomb blew a hole in this jet, killing the suspected terrorist, after takeoff from somalia in february. surveillance video caught the moment when, again, two airport workers handed the laptop bomb
to the terrorist, just before he boarded the plane. >> if you can mold the explosive so that it just looks like another part of the laptop, it's very difficult for a screener who is only using x-ray to detect that explosive material. >> reporter: and just last weekend, officials in somalia discovered seven more laptops being constructed as bombs, thwarting what they say was a much larger plot. >> brian, so far no group has claimed responsibility? >> that's right. we haven't heard from isis or al qae qaeda. the working assumption is that this was likely an act of terror. and all of this comes as we've been reporting in this country of lines three hours long before this. flights missed, the tsa under fire already. now, comes word of heightened security at american airports. here's mary bruce.
>> reporter: as millions of americans get set to travel over memorial day weekend. you're here three hours before your flight, just in case? >> yes. >> reporter: the tsa is under fire for those epic lines. waits up to three hours. but tonight, passengers are more forgiving. >> you know you have to wait in line for a while. >> just try not to get frustrated and upset. >> reporter: and tonight, some individual airports like los angeles international are stepping up their police presence in response to egyptair. but the tsa says their screening is not changing. they were already operating with tightened security following that embarrassing breakdown last year. when screeners who were tested by undercover agents failed to detect mock explosives, weapons or other banned items 95% of the time. >> mary is with us live from newark airport.
what should we tell people? the lines are here to stay? >> reporter: bottom line, the lines aren't going anywhere. the tsa has implemented new screening measures after the failed tests, but they're dealing with more travelers and fewer agents. you can sign up for the precheck, but for now, all you can do is wait. and major developments in the race for the white house. hillary clinton and donald trump both reacting to the news of the crash of flight 804. clinton also saying trump is not qualified to be president, and trump responding. donald trump standing by his words. tom llamas on the campaign trail again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump proving nothing is off-limits. dramatically intensifying his attacks on former president bill clinton's history with women.
>> i looked at the "new york times." are they going to interview juanita broderick? are they going to interview paula jones? are they going to interview kathleen willey? in one case, it's about exposure. in another case, it's about groping and fondling and touching against a woman's will. >> and rape. >> and rape. >> reporter: the rape accusation is decades-old and discredited. today, hillary clinton asked about trump's personal attacks. >> do you ever feel compelled to defend your honor, the honor of your husband? >> no. >> with statements he's making that go to the core of the relationship? >> no. not at all. i know that that's exactly what he is fishing for and, you know, i'm not going to be responding. >> reporter: clinton now saying plain and clear, trump is not fit for the white house. >> if you go through many of his irresponsible, reckless, dangerous comments, it's not just somebody saying something off the cuff. this is a pattern, a pattern going on now for months. he is not qualified to be president of the united states.
>> reporter: and in a show of force against senator bernie sanders, who's fighting on against the odds, clinton today declaring that race is over. >> you get into the general election. if you're the nominee for your party -- >> i will be the nominee for my party, chris. that's already done, in effect. there's no way i won't be. >> bernie sanders doesn't see it that way. tom, hillary clinton talked today about her own supporters eight years ago, saying they wouldn't support then-candidate barack obama? >> reporter: yes, back in 2008, 40% of clinton supporters said they wouldn't vote for obama. and we all know how that ended. we move on to other news, oklahoma, where lawmakers have passed a new bill criminalizing abortion. anyone found to have performed an abortion could face up to
three years in prison and lose their license to practice medicine. and a new development in the freddie gray case. prosecutors saying officer edward nero handcuffed gray, and put him into the police vehicle with no restraints. gray died. and morley safer, a passing to note tonight. his colleagues at "60 minutes" celebrated his career and retirement just this past sunday. >> who are you? >> i'm morley safer. >> reporter: he was a staple of sunday night programming. he made a name for himself early
on. >> they're bringing the wounded man through any minute now. >> reporter: reporting from vietnam in 1965 for cbs. and for safer, it was all about the words. >> he was above all, a writer, a brilliant writer. >> i've led a charmed life, as a reporter, as an individual. a lot of it is blood, sweat, and tears, and a lot of it is pure luck. and i've been a very lucky guy. >> reporter: remembering the lighter moments. the muppets. >> can i ask you a question, please? >> yes. >> is your wife here? >> no, she's not. >> great. >> i thought he was a good interviewer. >> reporter: meryl streep.
dolly parton. >> how would you like to be remembered in terms of your work? >> i figure a pretty solid body of work that emphasized the words. it's not literature. but it can be very classy journalism. >> he recently revealed, after all of the years, he didn't like to be on television. in the meantime, much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the highway overpass, crashing down late today. what authorities are saying caused this moment on the roads. and the scuba diver stranded. the boat was gone, and two sharks start to circle him. how this ends. and the brutal confrontation
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officer grab the phone, throw it, then punch the woman while two officers wrestle her on the cement to handcuff her. she says she hit her head on a pipe and needed staples in her head. she then spent three days in jail, charged with assault and resisting arrest. those charges now dropped. >> this interaction between police and citizen was escalated by the police behavior. >> reporter: today santiago-dejesus turned himself in and faces criminal charges. the officer's attorney says his client was hit first. as for that turn signal, he says just because it was visible from the front doesn't mean the officer saw it from behind. david? >> thank you. when we come back. your money, the pentagon paying the nfl to celebrate the u.s. troops. and tonight, the overpass collapse. and the scuba driver, stranded. found himself surrounded by sharks. how this ends, coming up.
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