NTSB: Captain's error led to 2013 NYC ferry crash

Investigators with the NTSB say a captain's mistake caused a ferry crash that injured 80 people last year in Manhattan. The findings of the Jan.

The findings of the Jan. 9, 2013 crash

The findings of the Jan. 9, 2013 crash that injured dozens of New Jersey passengers were released on Tuesday. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

HIGHLANDS - Investigators with the NTSB say a captain's mistake caused a ferry crash that injured 80 people last year in Manhattan.
    
The findings on the Jan. 9, 2013 crash that injured dozens of New Jersey passengers were released on Tuesday.
    
The report says Jason Reimer inadvertently left the SeaStreak Wall Street on a seldom-used backup system that had been used to correct a problem during the trip.
    
When docking, the captain got confused by the controls and failed to switch back to normal operations.

There were nearly 400 passengers aboard the ferry when it crashed, and many who were crowding the exits were the most injured, according to the report. The NTSB says SeaStreak did little to prevent that.
        
SeaStreak spokesman Tom Wynne says the company hasn't seen the findings, but that it is "actively engaged" in running a safe ferry operation, which includes a new safety video shown on the vessel.

The NTSB recommends better training and system alerts, and it wants data recorders placed on the ferries.

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