Japan’s sea-crash probe lacks U.S. data
TOKYO — Japanese authorities said Monday that they were almost finished with their investigation into last month’s collision between a Philippines-flagged freighter and a U.S. naval destroyer that left seven Navy sailors dead, but said they still haven’t been given access to data from the U.S. side.
Japanese coast guard officials said they were still discussing possible cooperation with the U.S. side but that nothing concrete has been decided and they could not say when a conclusion was expected.
The container ship, the ACX Crystal, and most of its crew were allowed to leave Japan for Thailand on Sunday after repairs were finished. Coast guard officials declined to give details. The collision was with the USS Fitzgerald.
A spokesman for the company that owns the freighter, Yoshinori Fukushima, said Monday that the captain and some crew members had stayed behind voluntarily for additional questioning.
The collision occurred on June 17 south of Tokyo off the Izu Peninsula.