“El Faro: Developing a Digital Illustration of Hull Wreckage 15,400 Feet Below the Surface of the Atlantic Ocean” by Spangler and Stolzenberg

  • ©Christy Spangler and Eric Stolzenberg

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    El Faro: Developing a Digital Illustration of Hull Wreckage 15,400 Feet Below the Surface of the Atlantic Ocean

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    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. We collect a large volume of highly complex and diverse data, which is often integrated into digital illustrations to help explain the accident events, probable cause, and relevant safety issues. One major accident investigation in which digital illustrations were key was our investigation into the sinking of the cargo ship SS El Faro in 2015. (Fig. 1) 

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    • NTSB. 1978. SS EDMUND FITZGERALD Sinking in Lake Superior. Accident Report MAR-78/03. National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC. 
    • NTSB. 2017. Sinking of US Cargo Vessel SS EL FARO Atlantic Ocean, Northeast of Acklins and Crooked Island, Bahamas. Accident Report MAR-17/01. National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC. 
    • NTSB. 2018. Sinking of the US Cargo Vessel EL FARO Illustrated Digest. Special Publication SPC-18/01. National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC.

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Acknowledgements:


    The authors would like to thank James Anderson, Jesus Cudemus, Ronda Lindsay and James Mathieson.


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