The USS Fitzgerald was recently crashed into on June 17, resulting in the deaths of seven sailors.
The “black box” data recorder from the ship that hit the American destroyer has now been located and will provide important data into what actually happened.
The logging device was installed on the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, a large container ship. The ship was eventually boarded when it docked in Yokohama, Japan, and the recorder was seized.
“By analyzing the data, we should be able to determine the circumstances of how it crashed,” Transport Safety Board spokesman Katsunori Takahashi said, according to the Navy Times.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The nation of Japan received a call for emergency assistance after the dramatic collision, and deployed coast guard units to respond.
Several questions loom over the investigation. Besides the obvious concern over how a massive container vessel hit an American destroyer, officials are also looking into why there was a delay before either ship called for help.
“There is speculation that the Fitzgerald might have been temporarily unable to communicate because of damage from the collision, or because its crew was working frantically to keep the ship from sinking,” explained the Navy Times. “Japanese officials say every ship is equipped with a backup communication system for emergencies.”
U.S. Navy officials are also working to try and determine what time the collision took place at.
“The Japanese coast guard has revised its estimate of the collision time from an initial 2:20 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. after interviewing the Crystal’s crew members and examining the ship’s location,” reported the Navy Times.
Regardless, the entire incident is extremely sad and hopefully they can determine what went wrong to allow this tragic event to occur in the first place.
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