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Concordia crew feared crash before impact, black box reveals

'It's too close, this is crazy'

17 December, 15:05
Concordia crew feared crash before impact, black box reveals (ANSA) - Grosseto, December 17 - Comments from the black box aboard the Costa Concordia cruise liner that crashed and killed 32 people last year were played in a Tuscan courtroom Tuesday, revealing that crewmembers feared running aground before impact was made. "It's too close, this is crazy!" said an anonymous voice from the ship's command center before it slammed into rocks and partially capsized. Sarcastic laughter is then heard in the background. Captain Francesco Schettino is believed to have been eating dinner at the time of the comments, when First Officer Ciro Ambrosio was on duty, following a new route around Giglio Island mandated by Schettino. The black box recordings were played as prosecutors heard testimony from Ambrosio, who plea-bargained a sentence of one year and 11 months for multiple manslaughter. Schettino is on trial for multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty, and could face up to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty.

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