Failed Rudder – Hard Turn – Injured Passengers – Ship Back to Port – Root Cause???
Some initial reports indicate that a mechanical failure of the rudder may have been the cause of an accident aboard the Crowne Princess (operated by Princess Cruise Lines).
How do they troubleshoot equipment failures?
How do they analyze root causes?
I would bet there were previous near-misses that weren’t thoroughly investigated. I would also bet that if these near-misses’ root causes had been corrected, the cruise line could have prevented these injuries and this public relations fiasco.
For a more detailed initial report see: