Report: Cosco Busan Captain At Fault in Crash

Here’s what Cosco Busan captain John Cota did that crashed his ship into the Bay Bridge, killing thousands of birds and dumping oil into the bay. First, says a report by the state pilot commission, he never should have been sailing in fog that thick. Second, he shouldn’t have been sailing that fast. Third, he shouldn’t have been working with a crew that doesn’t speak English. Because when Cota asked his Chinese-speaking skipper to point to the spot on an electronic chart that indicated a channel between the bridge towers, Chan pointed to a tower instead. Cota steered right for it, and the rest is history. According to the Chron, Cota is due to stand trial next month on numerous federal charges.

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