NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


SECOND UPDATE ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CAPSIZING OF THE ETHAN ALLEN IN LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK

January 3, 2006

The National Transportation Safety Board today released the following update on its investigation into the October 2, 2005 capsizing of the Ethan Allen at Lake George, New York, which claimed the lives of 20 passengers.

In early December, NTSB investigators returned to Lake George, New York, to meet with new party members (Cummins, Inc., Hypro, and Scarano Boats) and existing party members from Shoreline Cruises, Warren County Sheriff's Office, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. During the visit all party members examined the boat and took measurements.

The three new party members were added because they can provide technical expertise regarding the engine (Cummins, Inc.), the engine coolant pump (Hypro), and the altered canopy (Scarano Boat Building). As the investigation proceeds, investigators are examining documents and testing equipment to try to determine the cause of the accident.

On December 20, NTSB investigators and all party members observed the testing of a duplicate engine coolant pump at the Cummins facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The coolant pump from the Ethan Allen will be examined on January 10 in the NTSB laboratory in Washington, DC, to determine the condition of the pump postaccident.

The results of all tests conducted as part of the NTSB's investigation of the Ethan Allen will be part of the Safety Board's final report.

Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams
(202) 314-6100
williat@ntsb.gov

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.