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New York ferry captain says mechanical problem preceded crash

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Investigators examine the damage to a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Investigators examine the damage to a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Investigators examine the damage to a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Emergency responders work at the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Emergency responders work at the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Emergency responders work at the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A U.S. Coast Guard investigator examines the damage to a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A U.S. Coast Guard investigator examines the damage to a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A U.S. Coast Guard investigator examines the damage to a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City emergency responders investigate a commuter ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City emergency responders investigate a commuter ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City emergency responders investigate a commuter ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C) walks the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C) walks the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C) walks the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Damage to a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a pier near Wall Street in New York is shown in this handout picture from the US Coast Guard, January 9, 2013. The ferry crashed into a pier at the height of the morning rush hour on Wednesday, injuring 57 people, two critically, the New York City authorities said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

Damage to a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a pier near Wall Street in New York is shown in this handout picture from the US Coast Guard, January 9, 2013. The ferry crashed into a pier at the height of the morning rush hour on Wednesday,...more

Damage to a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a pier near Wall Street in New York is shown in this handout picture from the US Coast Guard, January 9, 2013. The ferry crashed into a pier at the height of the morning rush hour on Wednesday, injuring 57 people, two critically, the New York City authorities said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout
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A victim of a commuter ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush is evacuated by New York Fire Department personnel from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME)

A victim of a commuter ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush is evacuated by New York Fire Department personnel from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME)

A victim of a commuter ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush is evacuated by New York Fire Department personnel from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME)
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New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (C) exits the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (C) exits the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (C) exits the scene of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City emergency responders care for victims of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition, and nine others are in serious condition, a city official said. The accident occurred at 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) as the high-speed catamaran was docking in lower Manhattan. More than 50 people were injured in the incident, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said at a press briefing held near the scene. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City emergency responders care for victims of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical...more

New York City emergency responders care for victims of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition, and nine others are in serious condition, a city official said. The accident occurred at 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) as the high-speed catamaran was docking in lower Manhattan. More than 50 people were injured in the incident, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said at a press briefing held near the scene. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department...more

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City Firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City Firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police...more

New York City Firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City emergency personnel talk on the deck of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City emergency personnel talk on the deck of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the...more

New York City emergency personnel talk on the deck of a commuter ferry that crashed during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Passengers of a New York City commuter ferry stand together following a crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Passengers of a New York City commuter ferry stand together following a crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New...more

Passengers of a New York City commuter ferry stand together following a crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. A commuter ferry crashed into a pier in lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, one critically, the New York City Police Department said. Passengers lying on stretchers littered the pier near South Street Seaport, attended to by firefighters and rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) hard landing. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A victim of a commuter ferry crash is cared for by an FDNY EMT on the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City firemen carry a victim of a commuter ferry crash from the scene in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Passengers of a New York City commuter ferry stand together following a crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Passengers of a New York City commuter ferry stand together following a crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Passengers of a New York City commuter ferry stand together following a crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New York City emergency responders care for victims of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition, and nine others are in serious condition, a city official said. The accident occurred at 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) as the high-speed catamaran was docking in lower Manhattan. More than 50 people were injured in the incident, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said at a press briefing held near the scene. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City emergency responders care for victims of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical...more

New York City emergency responders care for victims of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition, and nine others are in serious condition, a city official said. The accident occurred at 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) as the high-speed catamaran was docking in lower Manhattan. More than 50 people were injured in the incident, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said at a press briefing held near the scene. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Damage to a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a pier near Wall Street in New York is shown in this handout picture from the US Coast Guard, January 9, 2013. The ferry crashed into a pier at the height of the morning rush hour on Wednesday, injuring 57 people, two critically, the New York City authorities said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

Damage to a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a pier near Wall Street in New York is shown in this handout picture from the US Coast Guard, January 9, 2013. The ferry crashed into a pier at the height of the morning rush hour on Wednesday,...more

Damage to a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a pier near Wall Street in New York is shown in this handout picture from the US Coast Guard, January 9, 2013. The ferry crashed into a pier at the height of the morning rush hour on Wednesday, injuring 57 people, two critically, the New York City authorities said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout
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New York City emergency responders at the site of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition, and nine others are in serious condition, a city official said. The accident occurred at 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) as the high-speed catamaran was docking in lower Manhattan. More than 50 people were injured in the incident, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said at a press briefing held near the scene. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York City emergency responders at the site of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition,...more

New York City emergency responders at the site of a commuter ferry crash during the morning rush in New York, January 9, 2013. At least two of the people injured in a Wednesday morning commuter ferry accident in New York are in critical condition, and nine others are in serious condition, a city official said. The accident occurred at 8:43 a.m. (1343 GMT) as the high-speed catamaran was docking in lower Manhattan. More than 50 people were injured in the incident, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said at a press briefing held near the scene. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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