Hearings slated on 'duck' boats

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Hearings on the safety of World War II-vintage amphibious "duck" boats operated on sightseeing tours here and around the U.S. will be held by the National Transportation Safety Board, Dec. 8 and 9 in Memphis.

The hearings stem from the May 1, 1999, sinking of the Miss Majestic on Lake Hamilton, outside Hot Springs, Ark. The accident killed 13 passengers.

The boat had been operated by White and Yellow Duck Sightseeing Tours, which has gone out of business.

Hot Springs-based National Park Duck Tour and Ducks in the Park, both unrelated to White and Yellow, continue to operate Hot Springs amphibious trips.

Both firms passed rigorous NTSB inspections, according to Judy Roberts, president of National Park Duck Tour.

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