New Hearings to Probe For More Details of El Faro Sinking

This undated image made from a video and released Tuesday, April 26, 2016, by the National Transportation Safety Board shows the stern of the sunken ship El Faro. The NTSB announced that the data recorder was located northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas. El Faro, a 790-foot freighter, sank last October after getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin. The data recorder is capable of recording conversations and sounds on the El Faro's bridge, which may help investigators better understand the final moments of the ship's final journey. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

(National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A second round of investigative hearings into the sinking of the freighter El Faro will seek new information about the vessel’s stability and whether there were mistakes in weather forecasting or cargo loading before the ship’s final voyage.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation begins questioning witnesses Monday in Jacksonville, Florida. The ship lost propulsion and sank after getting caught in a Category 4 hurricane last October, killing all 33 aboard.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduates Keith Griffin and Jeffrey Mathias were among those who died.

Search crews recently discovered the El Faro’s voyage data recorder in 15,000 feet of water, but couldn’t recover it.

The National Transportation Safety Board is planning a recovery mission for the device, which could hold recordings from the bridge.

The Coast Guard says a future round of hearings will explore the recorder’s data if the device is recovered.

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