NY captain: Ferry suffered mechanical failure

NY captain: Ferry suffered mechanical failure

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A gash in the Seastreak ferry is viewed following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 5:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The captain of a commuter ferry that crashed into a New York City dock says the vessel suffered a mechanical failure.

The National Transportation Safety Board says they interviewed the 36-year-old captain of the Seastreak Wall Street for three hours Thursday. He says the ferry wouldn't go into reverse when he tried to dock it. He also told investigators the engines seemed to have failed.

Investigators will determine whether the condition of the ferry backs up the captain's explanation.

More than 70 people were injured when the ferry made a hard landing into the dock Wednesday.

The NTSB says the crew was also interviewed Thursday.

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