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is of some significance this morning, john. >> leaders have not left the plant yet. interesting. melissa bell, thank you so much for these breaking news updates. appreciate it. a lot going on from ukraine this morning as there is a lot going on here in the united states. watching closely as pennsylvania senate results are coming in. >> still no outcome yet when it comes to who the republican is going to be running against john fetterman. >> cnn's coverage continues right now. good morning, i'm erica hill. >> i'm jim sciutto. political power put to the test in several key state primaries. and this morning the most closely watched race of the night still to close to call. pennsylvania's high stakes gop senate primary, a razor thin margin now separates the trump-banned tv doctor, mehmet oz, and former hedge fund ceo dave mccormick. as it stands, we could be headed to an automatic recount in that
state. >> whoever does win that race will take on john fetterman in november. he easily won the democratic senate primary last night, though may be the first candidate to do so from a hospital bed. he underwent surgery for defibrillator hours before polls close. this is after he suffered a stroke a few days ago. he seems to be recovering and in good spirits this morning. >> so many races, so many states, important results for both parties. another race we're following in north carolina, congressman madison cawthorn is on his way out. the trump favorite conceded late last night. cawthorn was once viewed as a rising star in the gop, however his political career tarnished by recent scandals from video, salacious video, claims that put him on the outs within his own party. we're following both parties in these states as only cnn can. let's begin on the ground in two states, let's go to the state where things haven't been called
yet on senate side in pennsylvania. democratic side, john fetterman, a progressive, he had surgery last night following a stroke to implant a defibrillator. on the gop side, still too close to call. do we know where this is headed? >> reporter: we don't, jim. it is still too close to call. celebrity dr. mehmet oz backed by former president trump and dave mccormick are still duking it out for the win. at last check there was about a 2500 vote spread between oz, the current leader, and mccormick. but the two have been trading the lead back and forth overnight, since the wee hours of the morning, in what has become a very, very tight pennsylvania gop senate primary race. this is a high stakes race because the winner of the senate race in november here in pennsylvania could determine which party controls the senate. and it is important to mention the third place candidate kathy barnette, she surged late in
polls, she considered herself or portrayed herself as the true standard bearer of the maga movement, more trump than oz. she faded to third place. when it comes to mccormick and oz, both campaigns see a path to victory. let's hear from each of the candidates briefly. >> we're going to win this campaign! we can see the path ahead. we can see victory ahead. >> when all the votes are tal l tallied, i am confident we will win. we are making a ferocious charge, but when it is this close, what else would you expect? everything about this campaign has been tight. >> reporter: and as you mentioned, the winner -- the ultimate winner of this gop race will face lieutenant governor john fetterman on the democratic side. but, of course, it could take several days to figure out who won and the margin as you mentioned, it could be so narrow
that it calls for an automatic recount. josh shapiro cruised to victory, unopposed in the democratic primary. he'll be facing doug mastriano, an election denier, someone who has been promoting trump's lies about fraud in the 2020 election. jim, erica? >> and athena, specifically in lancaster county, as i understand it, there was a mail-in ballot print error. that's going to delay those results for a little bit longer. >> reporter: that's true. and interestingly enough, kathy barnette, now we know not going to win, is in the lead here, but we know that this is something that was discovered early yesterday morning that some of the mail-in ballots were misprinted. the code on the side of the ballot was not the code that could be read by the machine. we're talking about 22,000 or so ballots that have to be remarked, and then rescanned to figure out who is going to come out ahead here in lancaster. we're hoping to get an update from election officials here in short order. jim, erica? >> mail-in ballots, there you
go, once again. cnn national correspondent dianne gallagher in north carolina. a number of factors in this race with congressman madison cawthorn. he did lose. tell us what made the difference here. >> reporter: you know, jim, erica, in talking to people here, a lot of what it came down to is not what people outside the district have been talking about, the whole list of scandals that have followed cawthorn around since he essentially took office, but especially in the past few months. instead it had to do with decisions he made, like many calling him absent or the fact that when the maps were originally redrawn here in north carolina, before they were thrown out, he switched districts to get closer to the city of charlotte and then came back after they were thrown out. a lot of people we talked to said they saw that as abandoning the district, but it also opened up the seat and that's when chuck edwards, the state senator from the area, got into the
race, he said he didn't get back out when cawthorn came because at that point he felt like the people of western carolina needed a more serious candidate. he also had the backing of the most powerful republican in north carolina, including u.s. senator thom tillis, a super pac, tillis put more than six figures into this race trying to defeat cawthorn. it was a tight race last night. and, look, chuck edwards did best in areas that had the population center, like near henderson county, which is also cawthorn's hometown. last night cawthorn addressed the supporters and he also called chuck edwards to concede. >> just as i expected, he was -- he presented himself in a very classy and humble way, and offered his support to our campaign in absolutely any way we could use him. >> you know what, the thing i love about president trump, when you get your back pushed up against the wall, i found most
people in politics, if it is not politically expedient to them, they'll turn their back on you in a heart beat. no matter what you're facing, when donald trump has your back, he has your back to the end. >> reporter: of course, trump did send out a last minute sort of get out the vote push on his truth social platform for cawthorn on monday. but it was not enough. other trump-backed candidates did well in the election last night. bo hines for the 13th district in north carolina and u.s. senate candidate for the republican side ted budd. erica, jim? >> dianne gallagher, athena jones, thanks so much. so let's take a deeper dive by looking at the data, the numbers, where some of the races stand now. and others are projected to finish. >> cnn's senior data reporter harry enten joining us now live. harry, show us the stuff. what are we taking away from this? >> we have spoken so much about the republican side, i just want to talk a little bit about the democratic side. progressives lead or won in a
number of high profile races. we mentioned fetterman. but also in pennsylvania 12, what do you see, summer lee leads steve irwin, tight race there. what about oregon's 5th district, look at this, a representative, kurt schrader is trailing his much more progressive opponent, and by a considerable margin, but a lot of vote left out in oregon. the other thing i want to point out, you were mentioning madison cawthorn earlier, i would say in a number of cases republicans have basically had enough, scandal seems to be sinking some republican potential nominees. we saw that last week with charles herbster in the nebraska governor's race and see it here, with madison cawthorn after this laundry list of scandals. so it seems that though republican voters may be willing to tolerate some things, they're not really willing to tolerate other things. >> it is interesting, you go into the general, big question is are, say, the trump-backed candidates the strongest general election candidates? someone like mitch mcconnell has doubts about that. same on the democratic side, are
the progressive candidates the strongest candidates for democrats? what are some of the takeaways for november? >> i think the biggest one for me is, you know, the pennsylvania gubernatorial race, the mastriano effect, this is essentially looking at the betting markets. if you look back where we were on april 18th, the generic republican candidate was favored basically by about a 2 to 1 margin, projected to be favored in the fall. once mastriano became essentially the nominee, look at where we are now. those numbers flip. now the democratic nominee, josh shapiro, is favored. look, embracing trump, embracing the big lie, may work in a primary, but working the general election, that's something else. but here's the other thing i'll note. look at the turnout right now. this is essentially the turnout in the primaries last night where we have 80% of the estimated vote and in kentucky, idaho, north carolina and in pennsylvania, and all those states, republicans did better relative to democrats compared to how they did in 2018, so,
yeah, republicans may be putting forward some candidates who aren't appetizing but the national environment is so poor for democrats it may not matter in a number of cases. >> we'll be watching. harry, appreciate it as always. nice to see you on set. joining us now to discuss, cnn political commentator s.a. cupp and michael warren. can we pick up, let's pick up where we left off with harry here. as we look at moving into november, right, we see more wins for progressive democrats as harry was pointing out there. i'm wondering is this further proof that both parties are moving more to the edge and what does that leave for moderates? >> it certainly feels as if that's the case. then again you have to remember who is turning out for primaries. these are not your, you know, moderate voters that kind of tune out most of the year. these are people who are very engaged voters, and if you look at some of the early turnout numbers we have, democrats did
not do very well. and that should worry the democratic party, because these primaries were only your rabid supporters were turning out, and it is how you get, you know, very extremist candidates in a general. so, yes, i think that is the case, but it is because it is a primary. >> mike warren, it strikes me one of the most significant headlines here, we don't know what is going to happen in november, but the gop candidate for governor, in the state of pennsylvania, often a deciding state in presidential elections is a 2020 election denier and as governor he would have enormous power to determine, perhaps overturn the outcome with the wishes of, say, a donald trump if we were to run again. what specific power would very and how significant is that potentially? >> well, i think that's what's concerning a lot of democrats who are watching this and maybe even some republicans, republican voters, concerned about potential overturning of the election in 2024 if somebody
like mastriano is in charge. that's why a lot of folks in the republican party are sort of looking askance at what happened in pennsylvania, you had a sort of -- from the rga, the republican governor's association, a sort of muted, tepid response to mastriano winning. there is a lot of fear that those concerns about people bringing up the big lie in 2020 will hurt republican chances in pennsylvania in a state that in an environment that republicans ought to be doing very well in. look, it is a factor in what is going on in republican primaries, the support for trump's big lie, and support for trump himself, but it is not the only important factor. there was a really split primary field in pennsylvania. there was not a lot of leadership, if you talk to pennsylvania republicans, from the pennsylvania republican party. really kind of reminiscent of what happened in 2016 in the presidential nomination process with donald trump.
a lot of different candidates vying to be the nonmastriano and voters went with mastriano. >> charlie saying the same thing to me, the lack of leadership within the republican party and the efforts to clean up the mess and wonder oh what happened. s.e., what is your biggest take away this morning? >> well, in pennsylvania, i think the unspoken story is how influential democrats were in mastriano's win. they took a big risk, mastriano, thbecause that's who they want to face. they're tieing him to trump, feeling as though pennsylvania isn't as extreme as it may be. that is so risky because i think especially in swing states now, you have to think that where it is red, it is very red. i think democrats are thinking there are imaginary districts now where it might be red, but
moderate republicans, those are very rare and increasingly so. so to me, the lessons of 2016 make that a very risky strategy. we'll see if it works in november. >> that is a remarkable point. i was not aware of that. that's a risk. no question. and these elections can change a lot between may and november. those novembers. s.e. cupp, mike warren, thank you to both of you. still to come, a russian soldier on trial today for war crimes committed in ukraine. but there are real concerns russia may cover up many atrocities committed in the country, may already be doing so. we'll be live in the capital kyiv next. we're also learning more about the suspected buffalo gunman, learning he posted his plans online 30 minutes before the attack. was that another missed opportunity? we're going to speak with the head of the center for countering digital hate. he's very clear, words kill. also, amid the nationwide baby formula shortage, a makeshift support system of moms to bring up around the country.
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a human rights watch team visiting the kyiv and chernihiv regions in northern ukraine have now documented multiple crimes against civilians believed to have been carried out in february and march by russian troops who occupied the area. the team says it investigated 22 apparent summary executions. nine other unlawful killings. six possible enforced disappearances, seven cases of torture. just horrendous to hear. >> we're also following developments with this 21-year-old russian soldier who has now pleaded guilty in the first war crimes trial since
russia invaded ukraine. want to get straight to cnn's melissa bell in kyiv near where that trial took place. so what more do we know about that plea and what is next at this point? >> reporter: at this point the hearing has been suspended, erica, simply because the sheer number of journalists meant that the proceedings that were going on behind me couldn't continue going on. that is the amount of media interest there is. and this is the first war crimes trial to be held here in ukraine since the war began and even as it continues. we had been expecting to hear as you mentioned from vadim shyshimarin, the man on the stand. this is a russian who is accused of four days into the war having fired from a vehicle he was traveling in, with other russian soldiers, at an unarmed civilian and shooting him dead. we expected to hear from him, we did hear his plea, he didn't take the opportunity to say much more. but what we have learned is that tomorrow, when this trial resumes, the prosecution is going to be calling another russian prisoner of war, who was traveling in that same car in the same day, who is going to
give evidence about what was going on, which means that these -- this court proceedings that promised to be fairly full of drama already will get even more so. jim and erica? >> we have learned that the azovstal steel plant where so many soldiers and civilians had been holed up there has not fully surrendered to russian troops. there had been talk from president zelenskyy yesterday that had been the plan. what is the latest status? >> reporter: that's right. what we have been hearing is from the head of the donetsk people's republic that breakaway separatist ukrainian republic, now fully in russian hands, and where those nearly 1,000 evacuees from the azovstal steel plant are being held. what we have been hearing from in the last few minutes is that in fact some of the azovstal military commanders, the ukrainian soldiers that were holed up in there, are still inside the plant. and therefore we assume refusing to surrender. as to the fate of the nearly thousand evacuees, it had been
assumed once they were evacuated, some sort of exchange would take place between ukraine and russia, a prisoner of war exchange, so they could be brought back to their families. that's what their families were hoping. what we have been hearing today through russian state media is that that same leader of the doe m donetsk people's republic is suggesting perhaps now they should be put on trial. what you would be seeing, jim and erica, is not just this trial going on here in kyiv, but if that trial goes ahead, some of those evacuees or perhaps all of them being put on trial over there as well. which would be an extraordinary development. but for the time being, certainly, they are in the hands of russian forces and very much dependent on their goodwill at this stage to be handed over at all with that latest development that the military commanders are still inside the azovstal steel plant. >> russia not a good track record on things like this. melissa bell, thanks so much. joining me to discuss,
former deputy director of national intelligence beth saner. i wonder if we can begin with the ukrainian soldiers leaving the azovstal steel plant. given that track record, what does the future hold for ukrainian forces that surrender there? >> i'm afraid it doesn't look good. we did have the spokesman for the kremlin peskov repeat what putin said that the soldiers would be treated according to international law. but we also at the same time have the russian parliament, the duma, talking about declaring the azov regiment terrorists and also holding trials so that the donetsk leader is kind of mimicking some of this nationalist talk, and you can kind of see how russia does this. they make these parallel things, the trial in kyiv, you know, having a trial in russia, these
guys -- it seems like it could pretty well happen. >> and their track record is horrendous. you do have this trial in kyiv under way with this baby-faced soldier, right, and yet it appears based on the evidence he's one of many that committed similar war crimes. you say it is important for ukrainians to play it straight in this trial. why? and do you think that has any effect on how russia might handle similar trials on its side? >> yes, i know it doesn't seem completely fair in a way because russia has committed so many crimes and we see so many things coming to the head here. but we do need ukraine to be above reproach in how they handle this, because the icc is seen as a court of last resort. so most of these trials are going to be taking place in ukraine, with the help of the icc, and others. and so, you know, how they conduct themselves to be seen as
fair actors in the midst of a war with all this emotion, it is hard. but they need to do that, i think they need to be really pushing forward on the few accusations which could very well be true of ukrainians also abusing russian soldiers, which is just a fraction of what happened, but so important for them to come clean on. >> absolutely. it has been the same for the states, prosecuting your own, right, when they're guilty of war crimes. we have something of a melodrama within the effort to expand nato, with finland and sweden's membership, erdogan, trying to extract a concession from sweden regarding its perceived support for kurdish nationalist groups. is that how you see that? do you think that erdogan's reluctance here is short-term? >> i think it could play out very well over months and months. erdogan faces re-election about a year from now in june.
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the suspect involved was arrested multiple times and not held. yes on h. recall chesa boudin now. the suspected gunman in a racist attack that left ten people dead in buffalo is expected back in court tomorrow. he will make his second court appearance, he pleaded not guilty to first degree murder over the weekend. as the investigation continues, we're learning more about what the suspect shared ahead of the attacks, specifically revealing
plans to target the tops market 30 minutes before opening fire. sharing those plans in a private chat on discord, the social media app that allows people to talk in anonymous chat rooms. he invited a small group of people to see the writings 30 minutes before the shooting began. the writings were then posted anonymously on f4chan where basically anything goes. joining me to discuss is imran amed, for the center for encounteriencount ering digital hate. you released a study that found social media companies failed in 89% of cases here to act on posts on replacement theory. in reading the report, i keep coming back to the question of whether there is an incentive at
this point for companies to police extremist views when it seems to be the more content is better for business, even if it is hate-filled. >> well, that's precisely the case. look, three years ago the companies in response to the christchurch massacre of muslims in new zealand, which was inspired by the same ideology that inspired the terrorist in buffalo, the great replacement theory, they said that they would do their utmost to deal with this sort of content. we were testing that earlier this year, warning that their continued failure to deal with great replacement content, so we reported it to the platforms using their own reporting tools and went and audited how much action they took. nine out of ten times they did nothing. and the problem is that frameworks have failed because they rely upon the goodwill of very, very greedy and very, very lazy companies which have dno
incentive at all to take enforcement actions. quite the opposite. they have a disincentive because for them to do something to remove content, they have got to reduce the amount of content they can monetize, they can make money from, and second they have to take an action. and so they have chosen the lazy greedy path, which is to do nothing, including on content which inspires terrorism. >> it is sobering to say the least. you shared these findings as you told me with all of the companies. you told me you did not hear back except for twitter who said they knew they needed to do better. you briefed officials in the u.s. and the uk. the house is expected to vote on a bipartisan bill aimed at specifically preventing domestic terrorism, going to set up dedicated offices at dhs, doj, at the fbi, to track domestic terror activities. you're calling for more. you're calling for better transparency, and accountability, including for executives at these companies. >> look, sorry, it is really
important that we're not just tough on terror, but we're also tough on the causes of terror. so it is fine for law enforcement and the intelligence community to look at terrorist groups and how they're preaching misinformation, preaching hate, organizing financing and mobilizing their members, but we also have to think about the precursors to terror. the misinformation and lies that turn a young man by his own reckoning within a year and a half, two years, from not having any of these sentiments into murdering ten people, the causes of terror need to be dealt with. i think we have systematically failed as an international community to get to grips of this serious question of how do we hold accountable companies that feel like they are bigger than countries and have more money than virtually anyone else on earth and until now have proved resistant to us begging them to do something?
>> so you talk about that one angle, right, the companies. when we look specifically at the united states, when you look at lawmakers, when you look at politicians, whether you see the political will here to do something or are in many cases companies and politicians hiding behind the first amendment? >> well, i mean, i think, you know, social media companies are done such a bad job they have achieved the impossible. they managed to unite the democrats and republicans into thinking they need to be regulated and regulated now. the question is what were those regulations look like. in fact, tomorrow, we're launching a new framework which says you need to have safety by design, so check safety before you launch a new product, transparency of how your algorithms, economics, enforcement works, accountability to democratic bodies and responsibility must be taken by social media companies economically for the harms that they produce. because it is only by introducing these economic incentives or disincentives really that we can get them to
stop being lazy on the job, and actually go and do what they need to do, which is to remove the material that we know kills people. >> imran ahmed, as you write in "the guardian," words kill. appreciate you joining us today. hope we can stay in touch and learn more about these efforts as you move forward. thank you. such an important warning there. coming up next, we hear from moms leaning on each other to feed their babies during the continuing formula shortage nationwide. plus, we'll break down how exactly we ended up in this mess and why it is taking so long to get formula back on the shelves. there are lots of moving parts here, it is worth a listen.
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can cause deadly sepsis in infants. two babies died. abbott said it is unlikely that the infants got sick from formula from its plants. there was a whistle-blower complaint filed in october of 2021 about abbott's sturgis facility. according to one member of congress, the fda did not interview that whistle-blower until december, and did not do its first inspection of the plant until the last day of january. in mid-february, abbott then issued its voluntary recall for three brands with multiple formulations and in march the fda finished its preliminary investigation and identified problems with how the plant was run, including not taking proper steps to prevent contamination. abbott says it submitted its plan to fix the facility on april 8th, and said it had already begun updating its employee training and its protocols for cleaning and maintenance. now a judge has signed off on a plan for abbott to reopen, however with fda supervision.
while all this plays out, it is the parents who are left scrambling. so why? well, it comes down to the fact that just four companies control about 90% of the u.s. market for baby formula. abbott is the largest with nearly 42% of the market share last year, and in about half of the states, it also has exclusive provider contracts with wic, the nutrition program for low income families. on top of that, 98% of infant formula in the u.s. is made here, in this country, and there is stringent guidelines that prevent imports from others. a 2019 study found most major european brands generally met the nutrient requirements, but found differences in labeling issues could cause confusion for some american consumers. the fda is now trying to make exceptions, saying it will allow some formulas made outside the u.s. to be imported again, soon, but when we asked a white house official for a specific date, he couldn't say. >> give me a time frame on that,
if you could. weeks, months, a year? >> i'll let the fda speak to the specific timing. these are decisions that need to be made carefully, based on safety, but also quickly based on urgency. >> the fda commissioner said he would lay out a plan this week for how soon those imports could arrive and next week the house panel that oversees the fda will be grilling him and the heads of the three largest baby formulamakers, abbott, gerber and ricket. next hour, we'll be joined live by the chair of that panel, colorado congresswoman diana degette. >> we'll keep trying to get some more answers. i think it helps to lay out how we got to where we are, which may be maddening, but helpful as we try to get the answers. meantime, some parents who hit a dead end trying to find formula for their babies turning to a resource they may not have thought about before. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen spoke to some moms helping one
another. >> reporter: like many parents, heather nicholas is terrified, searching and searching near her home in wesley chapel, florida, for baby formula, for her 5-month-old son roman. >> i don't have the formula i need. so your mind doesn't stop thinking about it. especially at night. i hate to say. i lost a lot of sleep. >> reporter: desperate, heather turned to social media. >> i had other local breast-feeding mothers who came to me and are, like, listen, there are these groups. >> reporter: in one of those groups, someone not too far away saw her plea. >> i have so much supply, i have a deep freezer that is absolutely full of milk. >> reporter: calle ayers, mom to 5-month-old elizabeth, pumped so much extra milk, she wants to give it way to other moms. >> putting myself into the shoes of those mothers is really what motivated me. i can't imagine how scary that would be. >> reporter: so last week heather and calle decided to
meet in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store. >> nice to meet you. i brought you a lot. this is full. i think i could tell she was very stressed out, trying to figure out how to feed her baby. i could see the stress lift off of her. >> i'm going to try not to cry right now. >> you can cry. >> i'm super emotional. >> can i give you a hug? >> yes. >> okay. >> i was in your shoes when my baby was first born. >> reporter: heather and calle aren't the only ones doing this. facebook, full of parents sharing breast milk with one another. the american academy of pediatrics doesn't recommend this kind of unregulated sharing. its spokesperson saying, the quality and safety of the milk cannot be assured. >> you're not going through the process of getting that breast milk screened for infectious diseases or screened for things like drugs. you also don't know how old that breast milk is, you don't know what the process has been to
keep it refrigerated. >> reporter: heather says she feels comfortable with calle. >> she was up front about her situation, and her lifestyle, her diet, all sorts of things. >> reporter: and was relieved to give roman his first bottle of calle's milk. >> if i can't find a donor per se, for milk for him, then what is my next option? >> the american academy of pediatrics doesn't like breast milk sharing, but it does have some suggestions that could ease the pain for some families. let's take a look at the guidelines that recently changed. they used to say wait until after the baby's first birthday to start introducing cow's milk. now they say whole cow's milk may be an option for babies older than 6 months who take regular formula, not specialty formula. they say this is not ideal, they're doing it because of the shortage and it should only be done for the brief period of
time and they say the toddler formula, a whole different product, is safe for a few days for babies who are close to their first birthday. so these changes in guidelines which will surprise many parents who had that wait until your first birthday, i don't know if you remember that, when your kids were little, this may be a surprise to parents hopefully may ease some of the pain. >> i have to say, it has been a little while for you and i since our kids are the same age we had to deal with this, but it did surprise me. some found it a little confusing. but it is great to see parents helping one another, like those moms there. elizabeth, appreciate it, thank you. newly obtained flight data suggests china's deadliest plane crash in decades may have been intentional. that new evidence ahead. busines, our best deals on every iphone - including the iphone 13 pro o with 5g. that's the one with the amazing camera? yep! every business deseserves it... like one's that re-opened! hi, we have an appointntment. and every new business that just opened! like aromatherapy rugs!
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new flight data obtained by "the wall street journal" suggests that someone in the cockpit deliberately downed a china eastern plane in march. you may remember this crash. the deadliest in decades. all 132 people on board were killed. american transportation authorities have been working closely with chinese investigators here. >> cnn beijing bureau chief steven zhang joins us now. this is frightening development. how do investigators know or believe the crash was intentional? >> well, jim, that assessment came from u.s. investigators in washington according to anonymous sources who told "the wall street journal." now, the u.s. got involved because the jet crash was a boeing jet. so they got invited to join the investigation at the place of manufacturing but because the dc
lab houses the most sophisticated equipment to retrieve and analyze data even from severely damaged black boxes, indeed the case in this crash, that's why the two black boxes got sent to washington for analysis, but what's interesting here is before this journal story was published, there had been a lot of speculations on the chinese internet this crash was possibly caused by pilot suicide because a modern proven aircraft like the boeing 737 doesn't simply fall out of the sky. after the story was published, what we have seen here is the airline regulator issuing a statement to state media basically saying they have top two ntsb and reassured them they did not leak the information. so neither the chinese nor the americans actually deny the crux of the story which was this crash caused by human input in the cockpit. jim? >> the video of the plane nosediving is just alarming to see, gosh. >> steven, thank you.
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