The Pilot Advisor on the Delta Mariner January 26th when it crashed into the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge says the crew chose an alternate span that night to go under because of lighting issues.
Testifying in the hearing on the incident at Paducah City Hall and as heard on WPSD TV’s live web stream, Pilot Advisor Michael Collins said he and the crew knew they weren’t going through the preferred span, but chose the one where lights were working.
Collins cautioned anyone against drawing all of their conclusions from audio recordings from the incident, which he says don’t tell the whole story.
Those who questioned Collins enquired numerous times about his credentials as an advisor and asked exactly what his role was in relation to where the ship was steered and when.
Foss Maritime, the owner of the vessel, has claimed faulty lighting caused the incident. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has accused the crew of the ship of being negligent.