On Thursday, WNBC’s 5 PM newscast aired exclusive video of Brett Knight, who is accused of shooting and killing a man that he was staying with in Long Island. The video was of Knight in handcuffs boarding an airplane in Atlanta, and then of him sitting in his seat on the plane, answering (or more accurately not answering) questions.
As it happens, the “scoop” was secured by some good luck. NBC News “Dateline” correspondent Andrea Canning was in Atlanta working on a story for the newsmagazine, and was at the airport to return to New York. She noticed a man with a sweatshirt over his hands, and three other men in dark suits walking with him. After asking around, she confirmed that he was the man suspected in the Long Island killing, and pulled out her iPhone to take some video.
Canning was on the same flight, and was coincidentally assigned to sit right in front of Knight, where she tried to get him to answer some questions. Once the plane landed in New York, she sent the video to WNBC in time for the 5 PM newscast.