Concordia Captain to Return to Ship

By MarEx 2014-02-25 18:22:00

An Italian judge has agreed to let Francesco Schettino, the former captain of the Costa Concordia, go back on board the ship for the first time since it capsized two years ago. Judge Giovanni Puliatti stressed the permission was given to enable Schettino to help investigators, not to ask questions.

The move comes as part of a court-ordered search to determine if any factors beyond human error contributed to the disaster. Experts are expected to examine the ship's emergency generators this week.

The Costa Concordia crashed into a reef off the island of Giglio on 13 January 2012 and capsized, killing 32. Schettino is on trial for manslaughter.