Concordia captain: distraction figured in crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia says he was distracted by a phone conversation just before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island.

Francesco Schettino told private Italian TV channel Canale 5 in an interview broadcast Tuesday that the collision which led to the loss of 32 lives was a "banal accident" in which "destiny" played a role.

Schettino said he blamed himself "for having been distracted" by the phone call with someone on Giglio island as the ship's hull was gashed by a reef on the night of Jan. 13 .

The Concordia took on water and began listing, and some of the 4,200 people aboard jumped into the sea to swim to the island.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email:
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 162013925 -