N.Y. ferry skipper blames brakes


The captain of a packed ferry that crashed into a New York City pier, injuring 74 people, blamed malfunctioning brakes and a faulty motor for the accident, U.S. investigators said Thursday.

“As the boat was coming in, the captain found that the reverse thrust was not operating as anticipated,” said Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident.

The captain said there was also a problem with the motor on the vessel, telling investigators that “both diesel engines shut off” at some point while he steered it toward the pier, Sumwalt told reporters.