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tonight, the airline employee who stole a passenger plane in seattle terrifying people on the ground, as he flew erratically, talking all the way with air >> just a broken gli. got a few screws loose i guess. never really knew it until now. >> he later died in a fiery crash. the question now, how did he do it and why. the first trump supporter in congress suspends his re-election campaign amid scandal and a trump agca tater seexplores a white h run as the president gives his reaction to a former aide's tell-all book. one year a deadly day in charlottesville, a memorial for the woman who died as the injured victims struggle on. heading to the
m movies, why y encounter a lot of frustrated fans. and how one man turned heart break and an unused engagement oring in a social media questelp others. this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. the scene in the skies over puget sound, washington, last night, made people stop inra theirs and point cell phone cameras at the sky. authorities say a ground service agent at seattle tacoma international airport stole an empty took it for a and dangerous ride. in a rambling conversation with air trafficcontrol, the man show add range of emotions. at one point calling himself broken. after more than an hour in the air, the e plrashed on an island, killing the man in the cockpit who lateoday was identified. we get more from hans nichol r orter: tonight, investigators are trying t solve two mysteries. one on the ground and one in the air. >>eh, my god. what is happening
right now? >> reporter: how did a ramper worker comman an aircraft and fly for more t n an hour before a fiery crash? y unusual. it's not like we get this every day. >> reporter: government official also familiar with the investigation say 29-year-hard russell was at the controls, taking off from irsea-tacrt 8:00 p.m. last night. residents here were shocked b the turbo prop's aerial acrobatics. but russell seemed unfazed. >> he just nds some help controlling his aircraft. >> very good. nah, i mean, i don't need that much help. i've played video games before. >> reporter: the 76 seat turbo prop is onowned by hor air. the company says russell wallace a 3 1/2 year employee,wa in uniform and authorized to be in that part of the airpor>> t is inside the security fence and so no security viotions were committed. >> i've got a lot of people that care about me. and it's gonna
disappoint them. to hear that i did this. i would like to e to each and every one of them. just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, i guess. >> reporter: he was followed by a pair of f-15s, scrambled from portland, oregon the plane was running low on fuel. >> hey, you think if i land this successfully, alaska will give me a job a a pilot? >> reporter: the plane crashed on a small island about 30iles from the airport. aviation experts say getting a large plane like this in the air is no eak. >> starting a turbin engine airplane is not like starting your car. it's a complex es pr >> reporter: airline security expert jeff price says airlines migh restrict access to planes. >> there might need to be a procedure in place where if you're not a pilot or flight attendant, you're not allowed on the plane unless theres meone there that is responsible for the
aircraft. >> reporter: investigators are scouring that crash csite for thekpit recording device. they're trying to find out whether or not richard russell was talking to himself as well as air traffic control. they want to gain a er understanding of his mental state. kate. >> hans, thank you. tragic story. turning to politics now. president trump is still on his working h vacation at new jersey golf course. today, meeting with a group of suppoers at the private club. and commending on his detractors. including a former west wing aide with a new book coming out. white house correspondt kelly o'donnell has more on that. >> reporter: revving up his own campaign today. >> let's hear those engines now. >> reporter: with a is new op at jersey private club. mp president t greeted about 180 supporters known as bikers for trump. in crowded de, asked if he felt betrayed by former white house aide and "apprentice" star omarosa gamad newman who accuses
mr. trump of being racist in her new book. he responded tersely. >> low life. she's a low life. >> reporter: more controvey today as the president's first ally on capitol hill quit his race. days after congressman chris collins said this. >> i will remain on the ballot running for re-ection this november. >> reporter: the new york republican was charged wednesd with securities fraud and pleaded not guilty. but collins said he's getting outo protect the president. democrats would like nothing more than toel t an impeached trump democrat in this district. which is something n thther our country, nor our party, can afford. nnow democrats see unexpected opportunity. today, democratic candidate nate mcmurray called on collins t resign his seat immediately. looking beyond this november to 2020. >> here we go, that's great. >> reporter: trump agitator and lawyer fordult film star stormy daniels -- >> i'm not just some
tv lawyer. >> reporter: michael avenatti in iowa atriday night at a demo showcase, flirted with making a presiden run himself. >> we have a tdency to bring nail clippers to a gunfight. the democrac party must be a party that fights fire with fire. >> reporter: avenattiev en said democrats shou give up michelleama's 2016 advice. >> our motto is when they go low, we go high. >> when ty go low, i say we hit harder. >> reporter: avenatti called feels to be involved politically but made no announcements. for thatew york house seat, getting collins' name off the ballot isn't that easy. deadlines have already passed. the state party could take the option of a minating him for local office and then choosing a different republican to run for congress. kate. >> kelly o'donnell president in new jersey, thank you. a programming note here. omarosa manigault
newman sits down for an exclusive interview omith chuck todd. that'srow on "meet the press." president trump also took to twitter today to mark oneear since those deadly protests in charlottesville, virginia. p thsident calling for the nation to come together and saying he condemns all types of racism and violence. in t city itself, residents honored heather heyer, who was killed when a driver rammed into group of counterprotesters. hand-made memoriawe left where heyer was hit. her mother saying her daughter's dea is a call to action. so many of the people injured in that charlottesville car crash are still struggling with rogonizing physical pain that day. but there's also more. many carry emotional and financial burdens as well. we partnered with our digital documentary unit nbc left field to bring you an update on some of their stories. >> reporter: tay washington goes to physical therapy three times a week and is in constant agony. >> i can't pay a bill. i can't work.
i can't drive for too long. i need help taking care of my 9-year-old child. >> reporter: after the charlottesville attack, she was dieing an notioned with complex regional pain syndrome. last august th washington was in a car running errands she was rear ended by the man cused of deliberately driving into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring dozens more. >> all i remember is the noise and people sliding down my window. >> reporter: tay is relying on medicaid and community support to help relieve the enormous financial burden of her medical bills. what's not an option, collecting on the car insurance of the man who hit r. why? most auto insurance plans cover car accidents. but not so-called intentional acts. >> he used a car as a weapon, but theuto insurance policy isn't meant to cover using your car as a weapon. >> when i was hit, i felt like i was whipped into a tornado. >> reporter: lisa was
c standing in rowd of counterprotesters and also gothit. breaking several bone but beyond her physical injuries, she's also terrified neo-nazis will track her down. coind you exphy you've asked me not to show your face in this interview? >> primarily because people who are known to the white supremacists have been taeted. they've been doxed online, meaning their personal information has been put out. >> reporter: a year later, she's still negotiating with and state compensation agencies for support. >> until that gets resolved, it's hanging over me. >> reporter: the community has largely embraced and helped these and other victims. gretchen manages a fund called hea charlottesville, helping pay for things like rent and food. though she's worried because even they are stretched thin. >> don't think many people are aware of how very seriously injured some of the victims were. they continue to have ongoing medical, psychological and financial needs. >> reporter: but for many charlottesville rvivors a year later, the way forward still seems uncertain.
katie engelhart, nbc news, charlottesville. some breaking news from new jersey toay. chool bus with apr approximately 20 children on board flipped on to its side. fortunately, many of children do not appear to be seriously injured. nearby drivers stopped their cars and rushed toed see what happen several ambulances are also on the scene. the bus was traveling -- one of two buses traveling together. t >>re is severe weather this weekend in the northeast as well. where drivers navigatedlooded streets today. more than 50 million people are under a flash effect from virginia all the way to massachusetts. and we're not done with theeather yet. additional downpours are expecd across a large part of the eastern u.s. over the next tys. this week, the trump administration reimposed sanctions on iran. part of president trump's decision to pull out of the iran clear deal. tonight, nbc's ali orousi is on the ground in tehran and takes a look at how
those sanctions are tidding to an already volale situation. >> reporter: protests breaking out across iran. one major cause, the country's economic tailspin.pe hy inflation is on the rise. shortages of basic goods is rampant. and its currency losing aro80% of its value. the dire situation only made worsehe by trump administration's recent renewal of an sanctions and the president's fiery rhetoric. snbut the economy't the only sore subject. the demonstrations have grown to encompass a wider range of popular anger against iran's strict social rules. cyrus, who owns iran's bigges foreign investment consulting firm, thinks the country will weather the renewed sanctions but says theyill be painful. >> we have to say basically no to three out of fr clients. and now a days it's the other way around. two out of three are in le the country or at least freezing their projects. >> reporter: there's a palpable sense of fatigue, frustration and anger, compounded by uncertainty.
it's a country on the and in iran, you never know where that edge is until you've gone overit. hope is threadbare at this small family-run clothing factory. the owner worries about his business. and his workers fear they won't be able to make ends meet. tryingd, we are our best to keep our head above water, not to lay off staff. but if things don't improve in the next month, we're going to have to let about 70% of our staff go. with the nuclear deal collapsing and president hassan rouhani's popularityl t evaporating as a result, there is little confidence he can stop the bleeding. and many fear the future holds even tougher times ahead. ali arouzi, nbc news, tehran. this week marks a four years sin police officer shot and killed michael brown, an unarmed teenager in ferguson, missouri. the killing sparked rounds of protest, thee directed at district attorney who dropped the charges against the officer. but this week, members
of the community there voiced their outrage at the ballot box, electing a political underdog who's made social justice his main mission. ron allen has that story. >> -- saidhat freedom is never won, you earn it. >> reporter: for wesley bell, becoming the first african-american top prosecutor in st. louis countyill be another step on a journey launched after the killing of michael fbrown in fergusonour years ago. bell defeated robert mccaul la, nationally henown for presiding over t grand jury that choose not to prosecute then police darren wilson who said he shot and killed brown in self-defense. a decision that reignited violence in ferguson. national symbol of everything wrong e between polnd minority communities. >> that's not what we want our community to be about. >> reporter: propelled cy the moment, bell ran fy council in michael brown's district. a lawyer, professor and dge, raised st. louis county. the son of a police officer. committed to criminal justice reform. we met him during his firstcampaign. how important is it that there be more
diversity on the council? >> i think it's very portant. i think when we work ettogether, when we g to know one another, we reach better understandings. >> reporter: he won then and now the prosecutor's race. unseating mccalla, a seven-term incumbent. backed by communi leaders, bell saw a wave of new voters coming out to support hiim. >> i we'll see not only him being held accountable, wel see the community being evolved in the process of how we keep our community save. >> reporter: after his double digit win in thera demc primary, bell will run unopposed in november. >> it was just that power o the people, getting the word out, having conversations. >> reporter: bell's es now, push harder for reforms like community-based policing. ending a bail syste that he says puts too many nonviolent offenders in prison. andointing special prosecutors in cases like michael brown's, when police use deadly force. beyond that, he said, we must recognize the power of the ballot box to bring about changen allen, nbc news. still ahead tonight, too good to
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what is up, beautiful people. i'm scott evans. this is "access," the weekend edition. you're bringing ick, huh?w? >> listen. you're the one with the dance moves. but tell me what we'reat doing. re we talking about? >> everything this week. a lot going on this week. whato you say we start with one of the biggest stories. >> makes me so sad, this one. >> brad and angelina, the news all over the place. blasting , saying that s he's not paid any significant child support. b this is afteng accused by angelina that he was a deadbeat dad. >> and you know what, scott,do t like this is all playing out. they've got six kids kgether. i th it should be private. and they're talking about this child support. isn't thatrr