NTSB to resume search for El Faro black box

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., announced today that the National Transportation Safety Board will resume its search for the voyage data recorder of the cargo ship El Faro.

The NTSB had called off its search last year after finding the ship, but failing to locate the so-called black box.

Nelson announced in a speech on the Senate floor that he urged the NTSB to restart the search so that there could be a better understanding of why the ship sailed into the path of Hurricane Joaquin. The ship sank, killing all 33 crew members.

“The ship’s data recorder is just too important,” Nelson said. “The NTSB’s decisoin today, which I commend, is a critical step in our understanding of what went tragically wrong that day.”

National Transportation Board photo of El Faro on bottom of sea floor.

National Transportation Board photo of El Faro on bottom of sea floor.

According to an NTSB press release: A key objective of the upcoming mission, which is expected to begin in April and last about two weeks, is to locate the voyage data recorder (VDR) and to provide investigators with a more extensive and detailed survey of the shipwreck. The exact launch date will be announced later.

“The voyage data recorder may hold vital information about the challenges encountered by the crew in trying to save the ship,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart. “Getting that information could be very helpful to our investigation.”

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