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Press Briefing for addition of factual reports to El Faro Docket
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 Press Briefing for addition of factual reports to El Faro Docket

​The National Transportation Safety Board will describe the documents being added to the El Faro investigation docket and provide highlights of the information contained within the docket, during a press briefing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW.
Five factual reports will be added to the El Faro investigation docket Tuesday.  The docket contains only factual information about weather, engineering, survival factors, and data from the El Faro’s voyage data recorder. The docket will also contain the transcript from the voyage data recorder’s audio recording.
Due to construction at L’Enfant Plaza, media requiring parking for news vans or satellite trucks must contact the NTSB Media Relations Division at 202-314-6100 by 10 a.m. Monday, to ensure space is available.  Media attending the press briefing are asked to be in place by 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event.
The NTSB plans to webcast the press briefing. A link to the webcast will be available at shortly before the start of the press briefing.
Participating in the press briefing are:
  • NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart
  • NTSB Office of Marine Safety Director Brian Curtis
  • NTSB Office of Research and Engineering Director James Ritter.
The El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin Oct. 1, 2015, and all 33 crewmembers aboard perished in the accident. The ship’s voyage data recorder was recovered from the ocean floor at a depth of about 15,000 feet, Aug. 8, 2016. A voyage data recorder group was convened Aug. 15, to audition the ship’s VDR and to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio.
The public docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators. The public docket does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations, and as such, no conclusions about how or why an accident occurred should be drawn from the docket. Providing the docket affords the public the opportunity to see what information has been gathered about the accident. Any analysis, findings, recommendations, or probable cause determinations related to the accident will be issued by the NTSB at a later date.

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