What Made the Costa Concordia Famous?


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The Costa Concordia is famous for sinking in 2012. As of April 2015, it is the largest passenger ship in history to have ever wrecked, and it was carrying twice the amount of passengers who were on the Titanic when it sank.

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The Costa Concordia hit a rock and sank off the coast of Italy on Jan. 13, 2012, not long after launching from the port of Civitavecchia. The ship appears to have steered too close to the rocky shoals of Giglio while doing a slow pass to show the ship off to local residents. Captain Francesco Schettino was largely blamed for the accident, as he had the ship moving too fast for the maneuver and did not notice the rock that the ship would hit. He was also criticized for not accurately reporting damage to the ship as the event was taking place.

Most of the passengers were able to evacuate by lifeboat without injury, but there were 32 deaths. The ship had been carrying 4,252 people. Schettino was later charged with manslaughter and convicted in February 2015, though he remains free during the appeal process. He was also convicted of abandoning the ship before it had been cleared of passengers and personnel.

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