Yes, I read that in the report. That is the opinion of the investigators. I also think there was no evidence presented in the report that convinced me it is correct. I have great respect for the 3 investigators and do not want my disagreement to indicate otherwise. But no evidence was presented that a better chart would have helped. They had better charts on board and never bothered to look at them. They were running at night with no radar
, no depth
finder and the crew never looked at a chart plotter all night. Who does that?
I also note that Jeppesen did not cooperate in the investigation and wonder if perhaps they had a different view on that point. Or perhaps the issue was raised in the report in part because Jeppesen did not cooperate.
And while we are talking about that report what's this nonsense about a VOR boat can't have a functioning depth sounder
? My wife has a jet ski that goes 50 knots and the depth
finder works perfectly at all speeds. If they can't put a functioning depth finder on a canting keel
then the VOR needs some new engineers, again in my opinion.