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Court rules S.I. ferry should've had two pilots; more payouts may be in store

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Court rules S.I. ferry should've had two pilots; more payouts may be in store

The city could face tens of millions of dollars more in payouts related to the Staten Island ferry crash after an appeals court ruled the boat should have had two pilots - not one.

 

A Manhattan federal court bashed the city Thursday for allowing a single pilot to helm the ferry when it crashed into a maintenance pier and killed 11 people in 2003.

 

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that the city cannot limit its liability from the accident to $14.4 million, the value of the ferry.

 

So far, 125 of the 186 personal injury claims stemming from the crash of the Andrew J. Barberi have been settled for a total of $35.5 million. Fifty-nine cases are still pending.

 

Assistant Capt. Richard Smith blacked out as the ferry approached St. George Terminal. Capt. Michael Gansas spent the ride preparing for an upcoming Coast Guard inspection.

 

From: nydailynews_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - March 28, 2008

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It's more of a tragedy than a travesty, if you ask me. I don't see why the good taxpayers of New York should be responsible for carrying the financial burden the city will have to carry as a result of these settlements.

 

Blame it on the lawyers.

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