A second officer from the Crown Princess told investigators that he steered the ship in the wrong direction before it listed in June 2006, shortly after departing from Florida's Port Canaveral.

According to a document the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released on Dec. 14, the officer said he turned the ship's wheel to the port side when he meant to turn it to the starboard side. The ship's listing caused 14 serious injuries and 284 minor injuries to passengers and crew members.

The NTSB released what it called factual information on the accident, but the report did not include an analysis of what caused the accident. At a later date, it will release a final report with its conclusions and a probable cause.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].


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