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Costa Concordia captain revisits ship he is accused of abandoning

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 01:14

Feb. 27 - The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia visited the wreck for the first time since it slammed into rocks two years ago, killing 32 people. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The captain of the Costa Concordia went back on Thursday to the cruise ship he's accused of abandoning. Francesco Schettino was captain of the ill-fated ship in January of 2012. That's when it crashed onto rocks off the Italian coast, killing 32 people. Schettino faces multiple charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Five others have pled guilty and were sentenced to prison terms. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING: "Some people have already plea bargained, admitting their guilt. I have come here to show my face, and I am taking part in the trial. So before talking about who his guilty and who is responsible, I am still going through the trial, and the others have already admitted their guilt." The Costa Concordia was raised in September in one of the most complex shipwreck recoveries ever. It allowed both the prosecution and the defense to hunt for clues that might indicate the cause of the wreck. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING: "The ship is the custodian of all these little secrets. The trial is still unfolding all these things. I think at the end we will all understand what happened, and all our doubts will be removed." Schettino admits he bears responsibility for the accident, as its captain, but says others, too, are to blame. He wants the vessel examined for evidence of possible technical malfunction.

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Costa Concordia captain revisits ship he is accused of abandoning

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 01:14