Thursday, July 18, 2013

Should Pilots and Captains Be Prosecuted for Plane Crashes and Shipwrecks?


The trial of Capt. Francesco Schettino has resumed in Italy today, in a Tuscan theater not far from where, last year, he allegedly wrecked the Costa Concordia cruise ship through gross negligence and incompetence, killing 32 people and injuring many more. (The trial was delayed for a week because of a nationwide lawyers strike, this being Italy and all.) Authorities allege that Schettino was showing off for a crowd on the shore when, on Jan. 13, 2012, he unwisely maneuvered the Costa Concordia into shallow waters near Isola del Giglio and slammed into a reef, tipping the ship on its side. After allegedly causing the accident, he allegedly fled to shore and left the passengers to fend for themselves. Schettino, who has been charged with manslaughter, has pleaded not guilty, and claims that he is, in fact, a hero.
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