NTSB Search Resumes This Week For Sunken El Faro Cargo Ship Data Recorder
By Space Coast Daily // April 19, 2016
All 33 of the El Faro’s crew died at sea
(FloridaPolitics.com) – The National Transportation Safety Board is set to resume its search today for the critical data recorder from the sunken El Faro cargo ship.
The 790-foot freighter sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015, after leaving JAXPORT in Jacksonville, bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico. All 33 of the El Faro’s crew died at sea.
The NTSB says purpose of this second search is not only to find the ship’s vessel data recorder, but also better document the wreckage to help determine exactly why and how the ship sank.
In addition to navigational data, the ship’s so-called “black box” also contains voice data.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee which oversees the NTSB, has been vocal about the need to keep searching.
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