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still so dangerous, trouble searching for the missing. the defense in the george zimmerman trial calls trayvon martin's father to the stand. unexpected testimony days before the jury is expected to get the case. making a difference by helping a lot of caped crusaders face their fears. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. tonight in san francisco, investigators are narrowing in on what went wrong in the final ten seconds of a ten-hour flight across the pacific. while the death toll remains at two tonight, two teenage girls arriving in the u.s. for summer camp, it's also clear that a lot had to go right for some people to walk away from the crash and subsequent fire. we learned today in terms of forward air speed what it takes to keep a big jet in the sky.
this one was barely creeping along as it just barely made the end of the runway, clipping the tail on the rock seawall, the investigation zeros in on what went right at that moment. our coverage begins tonight with tom costello at sfo tonight. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. good evening to you. behind me, that is asiana flight 213. we now know there were three captains on board this places. one captain at the controls, brand new to the 777. brands new to the 777. 10,000 hours of flying experience and only 43 hours on a 777. first landing attempt at sfo, with a captain checking him out. that's all standard. the question? what went wrong? emergency chutes deploying on this new video taken just after the crash of flight 214. passengers running away from the aircraft as firefighters pour foam on the fire.
new video of the crash itself. after ripping off its tail on the seawall, the 777 jumps into the air and flips over before slamming into the ground. >> i thought before i left the plane it might blow up and i might die. >> reporter: we got a photo from the teenagers from china killed in the accident. they are wondering if one of them may have been hit by an arriving fire engine. ntsb have been walking the length of the runway inspecting a scattered trail of debris. debris. the landing gear, sheared from the fuselage. the interior of the plane. oxygen masks hanging, seats twisted and broken. >> the lower portion of the tail cone is in the rocks at the seawall. and a significant piece of the tail of this aircraft was in the water. >> reporter: we learned today, the pilot, new to flying 777,
and the training pilot, let the air speed fall below the 137 knot speed needed for landing. >> there was a lack of interaction between the two pilots. the pilot manipulating the flight control and the one that was monitoring. >> reporter: the ntsb says it wasn't until 4 seconds before the crash that there were any system warnings of a stall. they will interview the crew in english and korean in the final seconds of flight. what would happen in the final seconds of flight? both pilots were senior, did each assume the other was monitoring speed and altitude? aviation analyst, john cox. >> what was the demeanor of the interworkings of the crew? how effective as a team? those are questions we need to have answers. >> reporter: investigators will analyze in the 72 hours before the crash?
what were the pilots doing? how much sleep were they getting? somebody sick, somebody on medication? how much time were they on duty? all of that will play into analyzing exactly what happened with this accident? pilot error to blame or something else? brian? >> tom costello, thanks. from the investigation to the survivors, thankfully, many of them. we also hear from the first responders tonight. that part of the story from john yang in san francisco. >> reporter: when first responders arrived on the scene at runway 28 left, the threat was clear. >> jet fuel leaking out of the plane, and our firefighters entered the plane, began a primary search and began to extinguish the fire. >> christie emmonds ran up the evacuation chute and saw people trapped. >> first got back there and saw pim, it was actually pretty clear back there.
not a lot of smoke, not a lot of fire, but by the time we removed the final victim, the fire was banking down on us, heavy black smoke. >> reporter: police officer jim cunningham had no protective gear and still rushed in. >> clearing the baggage, over head bins and all of the luggage, debris and rubble all over the place. >> one of the last on the plane, a flight attendant attending to the remaining survivors. >> really brave. the crew, wanted to stay with the plane until everybody was off. we kept telling them, get down, get down. >> reporter: the first responders managed to get few stranded on board to safety. only a few, thanks to passengers like ben levy who saw rescuers arrive as he helped other people escape. >> i told people we're okay, come down, start getting out. leave your things behind, help each other, quickly. a lot of people started going out through the door. >> reporter: today in china the distraught families of the two 16-year-old girls killed in the crash left shanghai for the united states.
while in korea, survivors of the crash returned home to begin long and painful recoveries. in san francisco, the focus on men and women who answered the call to duty. >> only calvary that was there. no one else coming right away. whatever we could do, we had to do it. >> reporter: risking so much to help so many survive. john yang, nbc news, san francisco. on another front, the ntsb also on site tonight in alaska, where the crash of a prop plane has killed ten people. the dehavilland otter sea plan crashed 80 miles south of anchorage. all nine passengers from south carolina. one witness said the crash occurred on takeoff. in canada tonight, we're learning more about what may have led to a runaway train disaster, huge explosion and fire over this past weekend. at least 13 people were killed initially. several dozen still missing
tonight after tank cars filled with oil exploded in the center of a small town in quebec, not far from the maine border. katy tur there with the latest. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. investigators hoped to get to the heart of the blast today. they were finally able to do so. recovering more bodies, but with 37 more missing, this town is bracing for more bad news. moments after the crash, a towering fireball. new video shows the intensity of the flames. >> i saw the fire, a river of fire, go through the houses over there. i was quite nervous. >> reporter: it began around 1:00 a.m. saturday, seven miles north of lac-megantic. part of this 73-car train, filled with crude oil, suddenly started moving. the train was unmanned, parked for an overnight shift change, when somehow a number of tanker
cars became detached from each other and rolled straight into town. a gradual slope, the tanker cars picked up speed and derailed. five cars exploded. 40 buildings destroyed. >> i was supposed to be there. >> reporter: these women weren't in the musey cafe, in the heart of the burn zone. they described the friends that they lost. as firefighters doused hotspots, hard questions about the safety of moving oil by barrel. a huge expansion in recent years. 16 million barrels last year and 73 million this year, and 110 million by 2014. >> the regulations for rail transport weren't designed to support rail moving massive amounts of oil. it wouldn't be a surprise at all if regulations weren't up to the task of what's happening right now. >> reporter: meanwhile, the scope of the tragedy in lac-megantic are still emerging,
and the reasons why is just as elusive of the identity of those lost. >> tomorrow will be another day. we lost people and we lost our downtown. we lost everything. you know. >> reporter: back out here live, you can see firefighters are still trying to stabilize the wreckage. as for the why? why did this all happen? there was a fire on the train earlier in the evening. it's unclear if that had anything to do with the derailment an hour and a half later. this train was inspected on friday, found nothing to be wrong with it. and hours later on saturday, a derailment. >> katy tur, thank you. a deepening crisis in egypt. after one of the deadliest single days in that nation's recent history. the obama whitehouse said it does not intend to cut off aid
to egypt. an argument about how today's violence started, but at least 51 protesters killed. hundreds injured in a battle with the military. nbc's eamon molhedin in cairo tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. the removal of morsi left egypt divided and immediately led to violence on the street. today, things took a turn to the worse with a deadly confrontation that has many people fearing a new wave of bloodsh bloodshed. egypt's bloodiest day in two years. the clash between the military and outsters of president morsi lasted hours outside the republican guard compound where is he believed to be held. it left scores dead and each side blaming the other. the muslim brotherhood released this video. they claim it shows today's incident. a soldier can be seen firing from a roof into the crowd. an unprovoked massacre, they said, holding up military bullet casings and blood-drenched
shirts. who do you blame for what happened here this morning? >> i blame the -- >> reporter: the military countered with its own video, showing soldiers coming under attack by what it called terrorists, armed with guns and molotov cocktails. the military said it was acting in self-defense. a volunteer doctor treated hundreds this morning. >> think whoever was shooting them wasn't really wanting to evacuate the streets. it was really, um -- it was shoot to kill. >> reporter: morsi loyalists hate the army's commander. they are now calling for his trial. >> we want to judge him first, judge him by law, not in the streets. >> reporter: that won't be easy. millions of egyptians wanted morsi and the muslim brotherhood out. the military is riding a wave of popularity. but many fear today's clashes will open a new round of
violence between the army and the muslim brotherhood. which is not backing down. >> we'll increase the protesters. >> reporter: late tonight, egypt's president announced parliamentary elections and presidential elections would be held in seven months in an attempt to try and cool things down with the hopes that getting egypt an elected government will do just that. brian. >> eamon molhedin in cairo, thank you. a couple more items in this country. a sad scene in prescott, arizona. a procession of 19 hearses, all members of the same hot shot wildfire crew, trying to save the town of yarnell. the procession took five hours, traveling a route stretching 125 miles. tomorrow, the memorial service for all 19. teresa heinz kerry, wife of secretary of state john kerry, updated from critical to fair condition in a boston hospital. air lifted from their summer home on nantucket island after
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>> he -- he was more of a -- verbal and nonverbal. he looked away and under his breath and said. no. >> reporter: one after another -- >> help! >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: five of zimmerman's friends testified that its of his voice. >> definitely georgie. >> george. >> george zimmerman's voice. >> no doubt that is george zimmerman. >> reporter: this witness said zimirman is like a son to him. that he donated thousands to zimmerman's defense fund and worn the clothes that he has worn to court. >> there is a bias on your behalf of george zimmerman, correct? because of your friendship? >> he is my very dear friend. >> reporter: zimmerman said he shot martin in self defense after being attacked. late today, the judge ruled that the toxicology report can be admitted.
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