Sonar indicates wreckage believed to be El Faro landed upright on ocean floor
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board says sonar indicates that the wreckage believed to be the cargo ship El Faro landed upright on the ocean floor.
That’s encouraging for investigators trying to recover the ship’s "black box" that might yield clues about what happened to the ship when it disappeared Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin.
The recorder would be on deck near the 790-foot ship’s wheelhouse area.
All 33 crewmembers on board were lost.
NTSB Peter Knudsen says that investigators are still awaiting video confirmation that the wreckage found Saturday in 15,000 feet of water east of the Bahamas is the El Faro.
Knudsen says neither the ship nor its cargo will be recovered, but if human remains "are encountered, an attempt would be made to recover them."