WHAT WE DID WRONG
• We headed out in conditions that we knew were going to deteriorate
• We deviated from known safe routes in poor visibility
• We made navigation decisions based on charts that were scanty in their details. We did not recognize that the absence of hazards might only mean that earlier surveys had not picked them up.
• We made our radio calls in English when we knew we were in a foreign country. An emergency is not the time to be bashful.
• We maintained total trust in the information we had onboard, even when we had earlier warnings that the information was not 100 percent reliable.