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tonight, breaking news. authorities moments ago on the deadly explosion at 30,000 feet. what they have now revealed about that jet. the left engine exploding on that southwest 737, the mother of two killed, sucked out the window. passengers pulling her back in. and tonight, the southwest pilot, her calm, quick action. you will hear her talking to the tower as they were trying to land. and tonight, we learn that she was one of the navy's first female fighter pilots. also tonight, the secret meeting. president trump confirming that cia director mike pompeo has already traveled to north korea and has met with kim jong-un. the deadly fires tonight across several states. several homes, structures burned to the ground. the pictures coming in. our correspondent on the scene. in hawaii tonight, torrential flooding. hundreds ofless coupes playing out. and this evening, word that
surfing legend laird hamilton helped rescue more than a dozen young people who had been stranded. david copperfield in court. the spectator who suffered a brain injury, and now copperfield's team forced to reveal the magic trick. and we celebrate tonight the life of barbara bush. this evening, her family revealing she was holding hands with her husband of 73 years until the very end. good evening. and it's gate reat to have you us here on a thursday night. authorities answering questions about that deadly explosion in midair, that southwest 737. and now what they've discovered in that cracked engine. the emergency landing after the left engine exploded just after takeoff. a window breaking, a mother of two sucked through the window. passengers pulling her back in. but she did not survive. tonight, ntsb investigators are looking closely at the engine. debris found spread across some 60 miles. this evening, moments ago, our
correspondent asking, how concerned are you about the 737 fleet? there are so many of them in the air. abc's david kerley leading us off. reporter: investigators tonight scouring that mangled engine, looking for every piece that landed on the ground, 60 miles from the philadelphia airport, hoping to learn if there is a problem with the 737 fleet. this was the second engine failure like this in two years. a source telling abc news they are similar engines, seems to be similar failures, metal fatigue, a fan blade breaking at about the same spot. new details tonight about those horrifying moments at 30,000 feet. the first radio call. >> southwest 1380 has an engine fire. descending. >> southwest 1380, are you, you're descending right now? >> yes, sir, we're single engine descending. >> reporter: the bang of an engine ripping apart. that window blown out. depressurization. a passenger sucked part way out of the jetliner.
other passengers gumling into action, including tim mcbeginty and a firefighter. he stood in front of the window to protect others. jennifer riordan lost her life. a mother of two, a marketing executive, remembered tonight by her loved ones as, "the bedrock of our family." more praise for the pilots, including captain tammie jo schultz, one of the first female navy fighter pilots and whose calm demeanor came through on the radio before the emergency landing in philadelphia. >> is your airplane physically on fire? >> no, it's not on fire, but part of it is missing. they said there's a hole and someone went out. >> reporter: this boeing 737 was delivered 18 years ago, but that engine was rebuilt in 2012, and southwest says was not in need of an overhaul. but that apparent uncontained failure, in which extremely sharp shrapnel spews forward rather than back through the engine is very similar to this 2016 southwest incident. are you concerned about the 737 fleet tonight? >> we are very concerned about
this particular event. engine failures like this should not occur, obviously. we feel that this is a deeper issue. we have the capability to issue urgent safety recommendations. >> and david kerley with us live tonight from philadelphia airport. and david, you were just at that ntsb briefing. we saw you asking the questions, and you're learning just what those pilots had to do to get the plane down safely? >> reporter: immediately after that engine ripped apart, david, the plane launched to a bank of 40 degrees. and it was coming in past, 190 miles an hour. took 22 minutes to get here, but they touched the ground at 190. and david, meanwhile, the faa has been working on a new rule that will require more inspections of heavily used older engines. that rule has not been finalized. >> just a terrifying description of the final moments. david, thank you. and as you heard david report there, one of those pilots brought the plane down safely. chef was a navy fighter pilot before.
and so many were moved by these images. the pilot immediately going back into the cabin when they landed, hugging the passengers. martha raddatz tonight on the pilot, and how passengers are now describing her. reporter: as one of the first women to fly navy fighter jets, tammie jo spults had exactly the kind of training for just this kind of emergency. unflappable and deliberate, guiding her crippled jet in for a landing. >> yes, sir. we're single engine descending, have a fire. >> reporter: once safely on the ground, she's seen here, hugging passengers after the flight. >> she's phenomenal. she's amazing. >> reporter: the training she got back in the navy was not always easy. she trained in the f-18 at a time when female pilots were not allowed to fly with combat units. and some male they've yale or thes were far from welcoming. just after she left the navy and pursued a career flying commercial airliners, combat
positions were opened up to women, who she praised for their tenacity and professionalism. >> and martha raddatz with us from washington tonight. martha, those images of that former fighter pilot going back into the cabin to speak with the passengers, to hug some of them, i know you have mutual friends who know the pilot. really just speaks volumes about her. >> reporter: it does. they were in touch with her just after this happened. they said she was fine. i said, what did she say about the landing? and they said, nothing. her only concern was for the passengers and especially for the woman who was killed and that woman's family. that does say it all, david. >> it sure does. martha, thank you. next tonight here, to president trump, and that face to face meeting planned with kim jong-un. tonight, what we have learned, that before the president sits down with the north korean dictator, the cia director already has. tonight, what we're learning about that meeting. and here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on what president trump just said about this moments ago. reporter: he just completed
one of the most high stakes diplomatic missions in a generation, but today, cia director mike pompeo was on capitol hill fighting to be confirmed secretary of state. >> i'm enjoying my time here, trying to earn every vote i can. >> reporter: down in mar-a-lago, where he spent the day meeting and golfing with japan's prime minister, the president offered a review of pompeo's secret trip to north korea. >> he just left north korea. had a great meeting with kim jong-un. and got along with him really well. really great. he's that kind of a guy. he's very smart, but gets along with people. >> reporter: pompeo made the trip in total secrecy over easter weekend, sitting down with kim jong-un to lay the groundwork for a summit with president trump. days after his trip, he had his confirmation hearing for secretary of state. pompeo hinted at but did not reveal his secret mission. >> american people, you should know, there's work being done in preparation for that. >> reporter: the president hopes
he can convince the north korean dictator to give up his nuclear program. >> i will be meeting with kim jong-un in the coming weeks to discuss the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. hopefully that meeting will be a great success. >> so, let's get to jon karl us with live tonight from west palm beach. and we just heard the president there say moments ago, he hopes to sit down with kim jong-un, and soon. >> reporter: in the coming weeks, david. but one of the biggest questions here is where will this meeting happen? the president has said that five locations are under consideration. one of them is not the united states. i'm also told that north korea has been ruled out. china has been ruled out. the bottom line, finding a secure location that is acceptable to both sides, david, is no easy task. >> job karl with us again tonight. jon, thank you. and next here, the deadly wildfires raging tonight, from arizona to oklahoma. fueled by powerful winds and dry conditions. and apparently, the cedar trees.
the sap helping to fuel these flames. abc's kayna whitworth from oklahoma tonight. reporter: from the air and on the ground, firefighters continuing their relentless fight across the scorched plains of oklahoma, battling dangerous wildfires and wind. the charred remains revealing the devastation. more than 50 structures lost, and at least two dead since the fire started last week. james and lisa newell feel lucky their home is still standing. >> everything was on fire all around here. >> everything was on fire. everything was aglow ember and our balance is still standing. >> reporter: the fire, the biggest so far, burning more than 283,000 acres. one of the big problems are these cedar trees. you see how quickly that has burned right behind me. firefighters say they burn extremely violently. wind gusts helping spread those burning embers. david, firefighters are calling this fire epic, as they deal with historically bad conditions. people i spoke with said they're
just holding on until this weekend, when the rains come. david? >> kayna, thank you. meantime, hawaii is bracing for more flash floods tonight, after torrential rains and rescues already. and word tonight that famous surfer laird hamill tonton has rescued many. here's abc's whit johnson. reporter: tonight, bracing for round two. more torrential rain set to batter hawaii, the fear of roads once again transorming into rushing rivers. >> we heard there's another storm coming, and we don't want to take any chances. >> reporter: in kauai this week, more than two feet of rain in just 24 hours. cars flipped over, submerged in mud. roads washed away. power lines down. devastating loss. even laird hamilton, big wave surfing legend, joining the rescue, using his own boat to save a young family and local campers. >> it's hard to conceive that that much water could come from the sky. >> reporter: the coast guard with rafts and helicopters evacuating more than 340 people from the hardest-hit areas.
david, the heavy rain is expected to move in tonight and last until friday. flash flood watches have been issued throughout the islands. david? >> whit johnson, thank you. unfortunate headline from puerto rico tonight. all of the island losing power again taeshgsd as a new blackout strikes the island. an excavator hit a main power line and it could take 36 hours to repair. and this comes seven months, as you know, after puerto rico was hammered by a category 4 hurricane, its electric grid still very fra tile. next here tonight, to controversy surrounding president trump and his ambassador to the u.n., nikki haley. she declared on sunday that new sanctions were coming on russia, after the chemical attack on syria. then on monday, the white house said not so fast. then, in just the last 24 hours, the president's new economic adviser, larry kudlow, saying that as far as haley was concerned, there this must been some momentary confusion, that she got ahead of the curve. tonight, nikki haley saying, "i don't get confused." here's abc's mary bruce.
reporter: minutes before nikki haley walked into the chamber at the united nations today, a reporter shouted out this question. >> ambassador haley, how's your relationship with president trump? >> perfect. >> reporter: but the president was reportedly furious when he saw haley on television sunday announcing new u.s. sanctions against russia. >> so, you will see that russian sanctions will be coming down, secretary mnuchin will be announcing those on monday, if he hasn't already. >> reporter: that may have been the plan, but the president was not on board. the white house then scrambling, saying sanctions are only being considered. trump's new economic adviser larry kudlow blamed haley for the contradiction. >> she got ahead of the curve. she's done a great job, she's a very effective ambassador. there might have been some momentary confusion about that. >> reporter: haley shot right back. confusion? no way. >> i was able to get in touch with nikki haley. >> reporter: haley telling fox news, with all due respect, i don't get confused.
>> mary bruce on capitol hill with us. now kudlow is apoll juzing? >> reporter: he was quick to back strak here, saying that haley was certainly not confused, i was wrong to say that. he says the policy was changed and she wasn't told about all of this. david, cud low tells us he has apologized and that this whole thing was a, quote, process mistake. david? >> mary, thank you. tonight, we have new reporting here on who plans to attend the funeral for former first lady barbara bush this weekend. known to her family as the beloved enforcer. her straight-talking, down to earth style endeared her to all. there's word coming in tonight from former presidents and former first ladies, all revealing their affection for barbara bush. she sure made them laugh. abc's dan harris is in houston again tonight. reporter: american flags flying at half staff today on orders from president trump in honor of former first lady barbara bush. today, we heard from her son, jeb bush. >> i'm so blessed to be her son. she taught us to serve others,
she taught us to be civil. she taught us to love your family with your heart and soul >> reporter: we also heard from his brother, george w., the former president, telling the fox business channel that his mother's humor was on display during their last visit. >> she and i were still needling each other. and the doctor came in, she turned to the doctor and said, "you want to know why george w. is the way he is?" and the doctor looked somewhat surprised and she said, "because i drank and smoked when i was pregnant with him." >> reporter: and he spoke of his mother's spiritual side. >> she had great faith. she truly believes that she is, there's an afterlife, that she'll be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving god, and therefore did not fear death. as a result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted. >> reporter: tonight president trump remembering mrs. bush as "an advocate of the american family." the obamas calling her life "an example of the humility and
decency that reflects the very best of the american spirit." and the clintons saying barbara bush "was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. she showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like." we're also now learning that in barbara bush's final hours, her husband, the former president george h.w. bush, right there, holding her hand. and late today, he released a statement, say, "we have faith she is in heaven and we know life will go on as she would have it." >> and davn harris back with us tonight. we know the funeral is on saturday, and what are you learning tonight about the current first family and former first families who plan to be in attendance? >> reporter: the current first lady, melania trump, will be in attendance, and both the obamas and the clintons will be there, as well. >> dan, you've learned something really very personal about barbara bush, about where she'll be buried? >> reporter: that's right. after the funeral on saturday, she will be buried at the george h.w. bush presidential library,
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finally tonight here, barbara bush, on meeting her love, on hugging family and on breaking barriers. theirs was a love affair that began when barbara bush was just 16. ba barbara pierce at the time. she says he was the first boy she ever kissed, revealing along the way one of the most important reasons she married him. >> he made me laugh. it's true, sometimes we laugh through our tears, but that shared laughter has been one of our strongest bonds. find the joy in life. >> reporter: her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought much of that joy. she spoke at wellesley in 1990. there had been protests before her speech. she wasn't shy when she got there.
>> at the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. you will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent. >> reporter: and for that audience, some of whom were skeptical, a first lady's hope for the future. >> who knows. somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the white house as the president's spouse and i wish him well. >> reporter: barbara bush, as she so often did, winning over the crowd. a nation celebrating a beloved first lady. i'm david muir. i hope to see >> announcer: live, where you live. this is abc 7 news.
there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated. federal investigators honing in on missing fan blade, the possible cause of yesterday's deadly southwest airlines engine explosion over pennsylvania. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. >> i'm ama daetz. today federal safety convertings recovered part flt engine that separated mid-air from southwest spliets. the photos from the nbt show the outers pieces of the engine called cowling discovered in a field in southeastern pennsylvania. investigator are looking into the similarities between yesterday's incident and one in 2016 in which the f.a.a. called for a round of fan blade checks. >> we have to do is track the history of that blade to be able to determine whether or not that airworthiness directive actually did pertain. >> the ntsb says any do not know whether the entire southwest fleet might be afflicted by the same metal for a teige problem.
in the 2016 incident a southwest flight deforted to pensacola, florida, after suffering at engine issue. in that incident the cabin depressure i see eyed but in that case no passenger hurt. >> the board is hailing the captain of the flight the tammi jo shults and first offers for taking kroet control control of the plain when it rolled to the left 41 degrees after the explosives did he compression. she was among the first women fighter pilots in the u.s. navy. >> calm in the kriez amazing. we are learning about the 43-year-old mother of two after being partially sucked out of the plane. a texas rancher and texas firefighter pulled her back into the plane. a registered nurse retired nurse performed cpr afterward. totals safety investigators focus on metal fatigue may have been to blame for the incident. david louie has new details from the nblts and analysis from experts. >> reporter: investigators from