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dirt at 6:30. we'll be there. >> thanks for joining us for now. >> from all of us, thanks for watchin tonight on "world news," bird strike. a large bird crashing into the engine of a huge passenger jet. the plane shakes, groans, fills with smoke and makes an emergency landing. the swarm. extreme heat brings extreme insects. look at the bees on this car. cold case. 33 years after etan patz was one of the first children on the side of a milk carton, why police are unleashing search dogs in the case tonight. and lifesaver. you have one hour after a heart attack to do three things that could save your life. what are they? dr. richard besser, with a personal, family story. good evening. we begin with a terrifying
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emergency landing by a jumbo jet this afternoon, passengers say they felt the whole plane tremble and shake, the cabin filled with smoke, as the pilot radioed in that the engine had been knocked out because of a collision with birds. it happened near the hudson river in new york city and abc's senior national correspondent jim avila is there with dramatic details. >> reporter: this is the damage done. the engine that shut down on takeoff. after taking a large bird into the teeth of the turbine. this picture obtained exclusively by wabc. and this video, from a passenger, as the plane limped back to jfk. >> delta 1063 has had an engine failure on the right engine. declaring an emergency due to a bird strike. departure delta 1063. we have declared an emergency engine failure on the right engine, request a visual return back to 1-3 right. new request. we would like to do a visual to 2-2, please. >> delta 1063, you're just going to go in visually?
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>> yes, ma'am, delta 1063, that would be great. >> reporter: that is the unbelievably calm, clear voice of the delta captain in the middle of an emergency, as he turns the plane around from jfk's runway 13 right, on one engine, and loops back to runway 22 right. there are 172 passengers, seven crew members on board, when the big 757 jet had to turn around. it was en route to los angeles. here is one of the passengers. >> flight 1063, delta flight 1063, dude, that was the scariest thing i have ever done. >> a flock of black birds hit the right engine, sounded like a volkswagen beetle being grinded through the engine. is the flight then got disrupted in the air. i thought we were going to go down. and the next thing that happened was, a smell came through the cabin. >> reporter: bird strikes happen all too often. more than 2,500 times at jfk alone since 1990. causing $600 million in damage
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worldwide. and killing 219 people since 1988. today's bird strike happening at the absolute worst time. >> at takeoff, it's really the most risky part of the whole flight. because you're heavy. the airplane is just trying to get away from the ground. and if you all of a sudden lose one engine, you have now lost half the thrust, half of the ability of the aircraft to get into the air. >> reporter: this pilot able to return safely to the airport but of course, today's incident is a chilling reminder of what happened when captain sullenberger had to fly his us air jet into the hudson river. today, another example of a pilot with cool, calm skill. of course, this pilot had a couple of things going for him. first of all, he was close enough to return right to jfk, didn't have to come and land in a river like sully did. the other thing that happened was, as you notice in that picture at the beginning of the piece, with the cone, the engine cone, the damage was confined to the inside and none of those turbines, none of the fans, broke through the engine itself
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and hit any of the hydraulics in the plane or wing. that was good news, too. so, a couple of things going for them today, making for a very close but at least a safe call. diane? >> thank you so much, jim. and as you said, that pilot had such an even, calm voice. and, by the way, just minutes ago, we got word from delta airlines, this is their statement. they said they are proud of their flight crew and the professionals and the training that was on display during this non-routine event. and now, we have news tonight on that secret service scandal. today, we see pictures reportedly of the woman at the heart of the controversy, for the first time. amid word that even more agents are expected to resign. here's abc's reena ninan. >> reporter: this is reportedly the woman at the center of the scandal. "the new york daily news" is publishing images of what they say is a colombian escort, a 24-year-old single mother, who argued with an american secret service agent over her bill at the hotel caribe where the agents were staying.
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"baby, my cash money," she told the agent, according to "the new york times." prostitution is legal in colombia. so when she didn't get her money, she called the police, finally collecting roughly $200 for the night -- just a quarter of what she says she was owed. the men were in colombia ahead of president obama's arrival. before heading out for a night of fun, abc news has learned the secret service officials booked a party room at this hotel, big enough for 30 people. the secret service tells us they have no record a party room was rented. as many as 21 local women were allegedly involved in the misconduct at the hotel. in washington, the outrage is growing. >> it's so -- what would be the word, disgusting, disconcerting? every d word you can think of. >> reporter: three of the agents have either retired, resigned or been removed. the other eight agents face lie detector tests and more resignations are expected. in colombia, reena ninan, abc news. and now a headline from overseas.
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we woke up this morning to the news that india has now tested a very powerful missile. a new one that can travel 3,000 miles to deliver a nuclear bomb. the successful launch means that india could strike beijing and other cities inside china, one of india's big rivals. the missile is named after the hindi god of fire. and it could start a whole new chapter in the arms race in asia. and now, back here at home, the drama unfolding in the heartland tonight, a manhunt under way for two escaped convicts, one a murderer, the other, a kidnapper, both considered armed and dangerous. and in kansas today, a community was on anxious alert. abc's ryan owens has that story. >> reporter: the manhunt stretches across several states tonight. the suspects? santos carrera-morales, a convicted double murderer and eric james, a convicted kidnapper. they and two other men broke out
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of a county jail some 200 miles from kansas city at 5:00 wednesday morning. reports say the four inmates complained to guards about a broken water pipe. when jail employees tried to find the non-existent leak, the inmates used shanks -- homemade knives -- to overpower the guards. the four then rushed into the jail's control room and opened all of the cells. the 18 other inmates stayed put. but the four simply walked out. >> they injured two of my corrections officers, a dispatcher and then they left out this front door. >> reporter: the fugitives then stole a car from this man, using a shank to cut him. >> everything happened so quick. you really don't have time to do anything. >> reporter: officers eventually caught up with two of the escapees, but this jailbreak comes as kansas and so many other states struggle to deal with thin budgets and overcrowded prisons, by shipping inmates, even violent felons, to county jails. there are more than 2 million people behind bars in the united states.
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the highest percentage in the world. and 21 states say they are at or over capacity. >> about half the states have taken significant measures to try to reduce the size and cost of their prison population but the others haven't gotten there yet. and many of them are still growing and have problems with crowding. >> reporter: tonight, all of the state prisoners who are being held at that county jail are now back in state prison, except, of course, for those two violent felons, including that double murderer. diane? >> thanks so much, ryan. and today, the nation's top scientists at the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, noaa, confirmed what we've all been feeling. it is not only unusually warm this year, they expect the spring will bring even more extreme heat. and with extreme heat come extreme insects, in swarms. it's begun. abc's meteorologist ginger zee shows us. >> reporter: it's a big story in a little bee. in california and nevada,
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swarming season is in overdrive. mobs of bees taking over cars. trapping people in their homes. >> and then they were just swarming all around the whole front area here. >> reporter: and the culprit? weather. >> when we get some nice weather, they explode. >> reporter: the dry winter then spring rains are responsible for the extra buzzy season. and it's not just bees. ants and ticks in places like texas are now out in full force. >> springtime, especially, when it's been real dry and you get just a little bit of rain, those ants get real active. >> reporter: the weather induced woes don't stop at the itchy and scratchy. >> what was absolutely awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, was the fact that we just had the fourth warmest winter, 15,000 records in march. we're setting records for the most number of records. >> reporter: records that could strike a blow to the economy, particularly farmers. apple trees, for example, bloomed more than a month early in places like wisconsin, then
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were killed by a hard freeze. and the warm nearly snowless winter also set up the conditions for abnormal wildfires. what does all this mean for spring and summer? >> dry soils are very often related to higher daily average temperatures. >> reporter: and in the next three months, the drought in georgia, south carolina and texas isn't going anywhere any time soon. everyone always wants to know, what kind of summer will we have? well, take a look at this map. information released today by the climate prediction center. they say the next three months will be warmer than average from the southwest, along the gulf of mexico and off the atlantic coast. the only below average pocket in the northern rockies. >> so, when they say warmer than usual, are we talking up in the 90s toward 100? >> reporter: right. anything that would be above average. and remember, last year in texas and in oklahoma, those are the types of hot, hot, warm days that we're looking at again. all driven, a lot, by the soil
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moisture. >> here it comes. thank you, ginger. good to have you here. and today, a towering figure stepped down from the post she so nobly helmed for 38 years. pat summitt, the women's basketball coach from the university of tennessee, who, in the early days, had to drive her lady vols to games and wash their clothes, ended up teaching a generation of women, from all over the country, including our own robin roberts, to believe in themselves. today, she handed off her coaching whistle to her long-time assistant coach and she looked back at the beginning of her astonishing journey. >> 38 years ago, this month, i received a letter from dr. helen b. watson of the university of tennessee, asking me if i would be willing to coach the women's basketball team. all dr. watson offered me was $250 a month. i mean, i was bouncing checks all over the place.
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i can say i have been happy to be your coach. it's been awesome. >> and awesome to watch. as we know, no other college coach, male or female, in any sport, has won as many games as pat summitt. eight months ago, she was diagnosed with early dementia. she is stepping aside now to focus on the battle ahead, but with her signature spirit, she said, she's looking forward to a good fight. and still ahead right here on "world news," a cold case roaring back to life. etan patz, the 6-year-old boy who disappeared on his way to school, for 33 years his face haunting us on milk cartons. today, what the police and their search dogs found. we also have zero free time, and my dad moving in. so we went to fidelity. we looked at our family's goals and some ways to help us get there. they helped me fix my economy,
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tonight, after 33 years, a famous and haunting cold case has returned to the hot center of the spotlight. etan patz, one of those first faces to stare at us from the milk cartons. he disappeared when he was 6 years old. he was on his way to the school bus. and today, decades later, police have mobilized, unleashing dogs, to track new clues, vowing to work 24 hours a day to find an answer. and abc's david muir is at the scene, at that crossroads tonight. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening. as you know, for 33 years, the parents of that little boy didn't move, they didn't change their phone number, hoping that
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one day, alive, he might call them. well, tonight, in what could be a major break in the case, authorities are back on the very same block, looking for traces of their son. from the sky today, the view of that same new york city neighborhood, that same block, where 33 years ago, a little boy named etan patz, just 6 years old, disappeared on his walk to school. it was the first morning his parents left their little boy walk to the school bus alone. the national headlines of the disappearance frightened an entire nation of parents at a time when little attention was given to children who had gone missing. the case ignited a movement. president reagan at the time declaring missing children's day. tonight, more than three decades later, a major break. the fbi and nypd are suddenly back, now believing it is possible etan never got further than his own block that morning. dozens of agents today preparing to dig out a basement in a nearby building along the path the boy took that morning. abc news has learned that in recent days, a carpenter who once worked in that building has now been questioned.
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a cadaver dog brought to the carpenter's workshop picked up a scent. and that's why shortly after sunrise today, with search warrant in hand, they were back. >> we're looking at what the warrant indicates, for either human remains or personal effects, clothing. >> reporter: it's believed that carpenter had been friendly with the boy all those years ago, actually giving etan a dollar for helping him, the night before he disappeared. authorities never searched that basement and charges were never brought in the case. tonight, back in that soho neighborhood of new york, the patz family is still there, still torn. the father, sitting down with abc news, a little more than two years ago. >> i still gag with the fear that this child must have felt. when he realized he was betrayed by an adult. >> reporter: the story of his son changing this country and the way of life in that new york neighborhood. today, susan schultzan remembered raising her own children on that same block.
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>> it was very disturbing to know that a child had vanished right on our block and that i would have to guard my children ferociously. >> reporter: what so many parents echoed at the time. today, those instant missing children alerts are really apart of every day life. and diane, just moments ago, the fbi telling me they finished digging for this evening. they will be back on the scene first thing in the morning to begin digging again. they plan to be here for five days or so, they say, until their work is done. >> thank you so much, david. all these years, we never forgot his little face, looking out from that milk carton. thanks to you. and coming up, a mystery at 30,000 feet. a plane over the gulf of mexico, circling and circling, more than three hours, like a ghost ship in the sky. where was the pilot? until i had the shingles. it was like a red rash. like somebody had set a bag of hot charcoal on my neck.
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there isn't anything on the schedule. and finally, the former head of the american heart association said in "the wall street journal" this week that this country has an achilles heel about saving lives after a heart attack. 900,000 americans will suffer a heart attack this year. but so many of us will fail to take the three simple steps that
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could change the outcome and save lives. so, what are those three steps? well, we have two doctors who want to tell you. both of them are named besser. and one of them learned a lesson, after becoming a patient. >> reporter: this is my dad, my hero and the reason i went into medicine. his lessons define what i do every day and he, the doctor, asked me to bring these lessons to you. several months ago, my dad started having curious symptoms. normally my parents are more active than i am. but he was not sleeping well, exhausted. >> ruth would climb two flights of stairs. i would take the elevator. >> reporter: and there was a strange feeling in his chest. >> i had mild indigestion, heart burn and ruth said, take a tums, i took a tums. >> reporter: another tell-tale sign. the antacid had no effect. but he ignored it. every symptom you could come up with another reason why it was not your heart or something else. >> so easy to ignore and deny. >> reporter: but when he checked
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his blood pressure, it was unmistakable. something was horribly wrong. later, we saw the blockage. and knew how close he came. >> as if somebody had taken a bite out of it. could have been deadly. >> reporter: we still have trouble talking about it. we didn't know if we were saying good-bye. >> right. >> reporter: if my dad's first lesson is don't ignore your symptoms, here are the second and third. start to chew an aspirin immediately to thin your blood. and call 911. they can start treating you right away, when seconds count. guess who wants you to know he didn't need it? why didn't you call 911? >> nothing was bothering me. >> reporter: except your heart. my mom drove him to the emergency room. >> i kept hoping we wouldn't hit any traffic. and i never thought of calling 911. >> reporter: thank goodness. he got there and he's here to tell you today -- >> ready to go? >> reporter: do what he says, not what he did. oh, geez.
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dr. richard besser, abc news, sarasota, florida. >> and both doctors want you to know about a key chain that has a little aspirin in it. keep it in your car. thanks for watching. we're always there at and "nightline" will be along later. we hope you to see right back here again tomorrow night. good night. in progress now. 49ers launch construction of a south bay stadium. we're live in santa clara. >> and in sacramento california hasn't executed anyone on death row in six years. >> and this woman claims she's
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the victim of gender discrimination at bay area's biggest airports what. she's doint to break into the work place. >> a restaurant closing its doors after more than 100 years in business. >> and it's happening san rafael. you look live authorities searching for three suspects wanted in an armed robbery. officers combing streets going door to door searching for suspects. >> there is deputies chased them into san rafael. and the suspect bailed out of the car. the suspects considered armed and dangerous. and good evening, thanks for joining us. >> i'm dan ashley. a central valley man made it his mission to get excuses resumed in california taking legal action to force the department ofor


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