Human error to blame in cruise ship crash

German firefighters at the scene of the Swiss boat accident Keystone/EPA/Klaus Felder

The pilot of the Swiss Crystal cruise ship made a steering error, which led to Tuesday’s accident on the River Rhine near Duisberg, Germany. 

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Swiss shipping company Scylla announced this conclusion on Thursday. It said the incident would be further investigated to avoid future accidents. 

Three of the passengers are still in hospital; a fourth has been released. In total, 25 of the 129 people on board were hurt when the ship crashed into a pillar supporting a highway bridge. 

The Swiss Crystal was heading towards the Netherlands and is now in a shipyard there for repairs to its badly damaged bow.


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