Ottawa: Officials are delving into the details surrounding the devastating implosion of the Titan submersible. The incident, which led to the loss of all five passengers on board, has triggered investigations aimed at understanding what transpired during the ill-fated voyage.
Authorities will now analyze voice recordings, data from the mothership Polar Prince, and other relevant information to shed light on the incident. Additionally, they will explore whether any criminal elements contributed to the tragedy. With multiple agencies involved, a comprehensive inquiry is underway to determine the cause of the catastrophic event.
On June 18, the Titan submersible embarked on its journey, accompanied by the support ship Polar Prince. However, approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its descent, the submersible lost contact with its mothership. The sudden disconnection prompted concerns and the initiation of investigations to uncover the events that unfolded during that critical period.
Superintendent Kent Osmond of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has expressed the authorities’ interest in determining if criminal actions were involved. Osmond clarified that a criminal investigation would only proceed if the examination of the circumstances suggests a possible violation of federal or provincial laws. The intention is to evaluate all aspects of the incident to determine if any unlawful activities or negligence occurred.
OceanGate, the company behind the Titan submersible, provided details about the vessel. Weighing 23,000 pounds, the submersible was constructed using carbon fiber and titanium. It incorporated a real-time hull health monitoring (RTM) system, designed to promptly alert the pilot of any detected issues.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has initiated its own investigation into the implosion of the Titan submersible. Concurrently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that the US Coast Guard will lead an independent investigation into the incident.