September 24th, 2013
01:18 PM ET

Costa Concordia Captain Denies Crash Was His Fault

Captain Francesco Schettino, the man at the helm of the doomed Costa Concordia ship that went aground off Italy's coast nearly a year ago killing 32 people, told a judge Monday that the wreck was the fault of his crew, CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

Schettino said, "I asked the helmsman to turn the ship left, and he made the error and did not, an instead turned hard to the right."

Experts testified that the miscommunication made little difference. The crash, they say, would have happened anyway.

Under Schettino's orders, the ship was already off course by four miles.

In all, the captain is charged with 32 counts of involuntary manslaughter, causing a maritime disaster, the personal injury to 150 passengers badly hurt, as well as abandoning ship.


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