Titanic submersible spun out of control on prior dive with panicked passengers stuck onboard
2023/07/05

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In a previous dive, the pilot of the Titan submersible lost control of the vessel, causing it to spin in circles for hours while passengers were trapped onboard. Footage from a 2022 BBC documentary showed the submersible spinning out of control as the crew attempted to dive 12,500 feet below sea level near the Titanic's ruins. The malfunctioning thrusters were discovered to be the cause, with one allegedly mounted improperly, resulting in conflicting propulsion forces and the spinning motion.

Passengers onboard, including Reneta Rojas and Oisin Fanning, expressed their fear and anxiety as they realized they were unable to reach the Titanic's wreckage due to the spinning.

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However, the crew eventually managed to fix the issue, reprogrammed the controls, and successfully viewed the Titanic's wreckage during the same dive.

The documentary highlighted the dangerous nature of the dive, emphasizing that the submersible was experimental and warned of its potential risks prior to the dive. Videographer Jaden Pan described the moment of entering the submersible as the "point of no return" but remained calm despite the tight space.

Following the incident, OceanGate's CEO Stockton Rush dismissed concerns about the thruster malfunction, stating that noise was common in deep-sea subs.

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However, in a separate interview, Rush admitted to breaking some rules in the creation of the submersible. He faced criticism for disregarding safety concerns raised by experts before the final dive.

Tragically, the CEO and four others, including British billionaire Hamish Harding, Titanic explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Sulaiman Dawood, died when the Titan imploded during a subsequent voyage on June 18.

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