Writings

The clock is ticking

Saturday, 7 Apr 2018

Good read from Vanity Fair on the doomed voyage of the El Faro; a 790-foot cargo ship that sailed into the wall of a hurricane.

Most significant aviation and shipping disasters, as well as industrial catastrophes, are eventually determined to be “system accidents”—the result of a cascade of small errors, failures, and coincidences. Absent any one of them, and the disaster would not have occurred—a truth that is not knowable in real time, only in retrospect.

They retrieved a recorder from the bridge which recorded conversations in the days up to the wreck. Harrowing stuff.