El Faro ‘Black Box’ Recovered: Does it Have the Clues?


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On August 8, after 10 months since El Faro sank east of the Bahamas, a crew recovered the vessel’s data recorder from ocean floor.  Investigators and family members are hoping the recorder, which records GPS data and communications between crew members, will offer some clues into how and why the cargo ship went down during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, killing all 33 of the ship’s crew.

“The recovery of the recorder has the potential to give our investigators greater insight into the incredible challenges that the El Faro crew faced, but it’s just one component of a very complex investigation,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said in a statement.

A U.S. Coast Guard panel in May revealed the ship’s captain intended to avoid the brewing storm when he departed, but may have had outdated weather data.

Hart said investigators have a long road ahead in uncovering the reason for the sinking.

“There is still a great deal of work to be done in order to understand how the many factors converged that led to the sinking,” he said.

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Reference: Reuters, NBC News