James Cameron says Titan submersible passengers likely had foreseen the tragedy

James Cameron Titan submersible

James Cameron Titan submersible ~ In a conversation with ABC News, “Titanic” director James Cameron said that one of his longtime friends had been a passenger on the tourist submarine Titan and that sensors had likely foreseen the tragedy. According to authorities, the “catastrophic implosion” killed all five occupants.

Cameron responded to OceanGate Expeditions’ announcement on the incident, which said that all five passengers had “sadly lost their lives” and that the company had confirmed the debris found was from the missing submersible.

He said the OceanGate sub has sensors within its hull that would alarm the crew if it started to crack. And if that’s how you define safety, you’re approaching the situation incorrectly. They dropped their ascension weights and began to ascend to respond to an emergency, according to information from inside the group. They had probably received notification that the hull was starting to delaminate or split.

The director of the 1997 film “Titanic” has a long career in the diving industry and has experience building submarines that can withstand further depths than the Titan. He has also personally plunged to the Titanic’s ruins 33 times.

According to Cameron, who called implosion a “violent event,” engineers often prioritize maintaining structural integrity against the pressure that increases with depth in submersible designs.

The neighbourhood was quite concerned about this submarine, according to Cameron. “Several significant individuals in deep submergence engineering even submitted letters to the firm, arguing that what they did was too experimental to carry people and that it needed to be permitted. I’m struck by the similarity to the Titanic catastrophe, when the captain disregarded several requests for caution about ice in front of his ship and slammed into an ice field on a moonless night, killing many.

“For us, it’s an analogous disaster where warnings went unheeded. The fact that so much diving is going on at the same time and place absolutely astounds me. It’s extraordinary.

A 2018 letter sent in confidence to Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate and one of the implosion’s victims, was made available to The Times. The committee on manned underwater vehicles of the Marine Technology Society stressed the need for an impartial safety evaluation of OceanGate’s submersibles in a letter to Rush.

“Our concern is that OceanGate’s current experimental method may have unfavorable effects (from minor to catastrophic) that could have significant consequences for everyone in the sector,” the letter said.

William Kohnen, the committee’s chairman, said OceanGate “raised a number of eyebrows.”

David Lochridge, a former employee of OceanGate, sued the company in 2018 after being fired for flagging safety issues, “particularly OceanGate’s refusal to conduct critical, non-destructive testing of the experimental design of the hull.” Lochridge claimed their hull monitoring system would identify issues “often [only] milliseconds before an implosion.”

He disagreed with Rush’s decision to “subject passengers to potential extreme danger in an experimental submersible.”

Paul-Henri “P.H.” Nargeolet, a fellow French Titanic investigator on board the Titan submarine, also passed away. Cameron acknowledged this to ABC News and expressed sadness at his friend’s passing.

He said, “It’s quite surreal, just astonishing.” “The well-known French submersible dive pilot, P.H., was my companion. It’s been 25 years since I’ve known P.H., and this place is relatively small.

It’s nearly incomprehensible to me how he could have tragically died in this manner.
~ James Cameron Titan submersible

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