El Faro Investigation: NTSB To Release Detailed Transcript

El Faro VDR Recovery
The 6,400-pound remotely operated vehicle CURV-21 surfaces, as U.S. Navy SUPSALV and Phoenix International crewmembers prepare to bring the voyage data recorder capsule from the sunken
El Faro aboard USNS Apache Aug. 8, 2016. (NTSB Photo by James Anderson)

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday its intent to release a more detailed transcript to the audio recording from the El Faro’s “Black Box” Voyage Data Recorder on December 13th.

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The El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 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 docket of information to be released will also contain factual information about weather, engineering, survival factors, and data from the El Faro’s voyage data recorder. The docket will also contain the detailed transcript from the voyage data recorder’s audio recording.