Experts board Concordia to look for more clues
GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — Experts have boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in the prosecutors’ case against its captain.
A team on Thursday examined the bridge and elevators of the ship, which sank Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people, and was righted on site in September. Experts are trying to determine if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck, and next month they will examine the emergency generators.
A judge granted a request for the onboard investigation sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino’s defense and a consumer group representing victims.
Schettino is the only person on trial, but his defense and others contend that Costa Crociere SpA, the ship’s owner, bears some responsibility.