US sailors likely at fault in cargo-ship collision - official

2017-07-21 21:30
The US Navy missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. (Guang Niu, AFP)

The US Navy missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. (Guang Niu, AFP)

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Washington - The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will "certainly" be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US defence official said on Friday.

"The way it looks now, it seems that the crew on the [USS] Fitzgerald is going to be at fault," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"They are certainly going to be held accountable in some way for their actions," the official added, noting that the determination was based on preliminary findings from the probe.

Seven sailors were killed in the June 17 predawn collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal.

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