- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2015

A salvage team looking for the voyage data recorder from the sunken cargo ship El Faro said Thursday it had located the bridge deck that separated from the wreckage, but the ship’s black box has still not been found.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said they are still looking for the data recorder, which is normally affixed to the bridge, that could provide crucial details as to what caused the ship to sink near the Bahamas in a hurricane last month, Reuters reported.

The 33-member crew, most of whom were American, was killed.

The bridge was found about one mile from the main wreckage, said Eric Weiss, an NTSB spokesman.

The missing recorder is expected to contain the last 12 hours of information related to the ship’s engine and communications from the bridge made before the Oct. 1 disaster.

The 790-foot ship disappeared while making a regular weekly trip between Florida and Puerto Rico. The captain had reported the ship had lost propulsion and was taking on water, but the Coast Guard said the problem had been contained before they lost communication with the ship.

A salvage team spotted the wreckage of the ship nearly two weeks ago sitting on the ocean floor at a depth of nearly three miles beyond the reach of divers.

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