Questions And Answers About The Deadly Seattle Duck Boat Crash

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‘Ride the Duck’ ceases operation following fifth death in deadly bus crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday the boat did not have an axle repair that was recommended in 2013 by the company that refurbishes the vehicles.SEATTLE (AP) — A deadly collision last week in Seattle between a duck boat and a charter bus carrying international college students has prompted a federal investigation.

A Seattle Police investigator walks off of a charter passenger bus at left that was involved in a fatal crash with the Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle at right, Thursday, September 24, 2015, in Seattle. Federal investigators say the duck boat’s left front axle sheared off – though it wasn’t clear if the axle had broken before or after the collision.

Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray that the duck boats remain sidelined pending state scrutiny of the vehicles. “I believe that until we can be assured that each of these vehicles and drivers have been inspected, they should not be back on Seattle streets,” Inslee said in a statement. Authorities have identified the others who were killed as: Runje Song, 17, of China; Privando Putradanto, 18, of Indonesia; Mami Sato, 36, of Japan; and Claudia Derschmidt, 49, of Austria. The crash has put renewed focus on the safety of duck boats, which are circa-WWII military-style vehicles that give tourists a view of a city by both land and water.

In San Francisco, recent regulations have banned drivers from acting as the tour guides, requiring companies to have an additional employee who can fill that role, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The amphibious vehicle involved in the crash underwent regular annual examinations by a federally certified inspector, most recently in 2015 and 2014, and met federal standards.

Weener said that further analysis at a federal lab will be done on the axle to determine when the brakes were applied, and how fast the duck boat was traveling. Investigators determined that the vessel, built by the Army in 1944, was not designed for passenger service and as a result lacked the proper buoyancy to remain afloat.

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