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NTSB releases illustrated digest of El Faro sinking

May 24, 2018 04:03 PM

The 16-page document summarizes key events and the board's findings

Courtesy NTSB

The following is text of a news release from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released a 16-page illustrated digest that summarizes the critical events and decisions that led to the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of El Faro and the loss of all 33 crewmembers.

The digest also synopsizes the more than 60 recommendations issued throughout the NTSB’s investigation of the sinking. The infographics and summary make for an easy-to-read digest, compared with the thousands of pages that comprise the NTSB’s final report and associated investigative documents, while still imparting potentially life-saving information to our stakeholders. 

While the full accident report, available at, remains the agency’s definitive document on its investigation of the sinking, this digest provides an overview of this landmark marine accident, and a review of what government and industry can do to prevent such an accident from happening again.

Click here to read the digest.

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