Experts fault captain, crew, Costa for Italy wreck

ROME (AP) - September 13, 2012

The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized Jan. 13 off Tuscany's Giglio island after Capt. Francesco Schettino took it off course in a stunt. He and eight others are on trial.

In a 270-page analysis, the experts said a series of problems hobbled the response to Schettino's maneuver and contributed to the botched evacuation: crew members bungled directions, didn't understand orders and weren't trained in emergency drills.

And they said ship owner Costa Crociere delayed alerting coastal authorities of the emergency, a charge Costa denied Thursday.

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