A company that provided specialist equipment to the US army so it could search for the missing Titanic submarine that five people tragically died in admitted that there was a “glitch” while they were loading the equipment, preventing it from flying out to help.
The remotely operated vehicle was owned by Guernsey firm Magellan, and was supposed to be loaded onto a US-run C17 plane at Jersey Airport.
It was meant to be used to help the search for the missing Titan submarine, which was confirmed to have suffered a “catastrophic implosion” with five passengers, including a 19-year-old British student.
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But before it could head out to help the search efforts, the vehicle suffered a “glitch.”
Magellan’s CEO Richard Parkinsontold the BBCthat there had been a "glitch" in getting the remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) on board to help the search.
"They've warped their pallets getting it onto the plane," he said.
"I believe it's something to do with the way it's been loaded. I don't think it happens very often, but it's happened here."
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Last year, a remotely operated vehicle run by Magellan was used to create a digital scan of the Titanic, which sits at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean
But this year, the ROV was reportedly ready to leave since earlier in the week but had been held up by issues with permissions.
It would have taken up to 60 hours to transport the specialist equipment from Jersey to Newfoundland, where the search team was primarily based.
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The submarine only had a maximum of 96 hours of oxygen when it was put in the water, meaning that, assuming it was sent out immediately, the ROV would have had a day-and-a-half to search for the missing vessel.
Authorities announced the end of the intensive search after debris matching the OceanGate Titan was found floating in the area it went missing.
Shortly after that, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, experienced Titanic diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, British billionaire Hamish Harding, businessman Shahzadah Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman, were presumed dead on the failed expedition.
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