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Experts board Concordia to see if there is evidence of more than human error in shipwreck

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    The Costa Concordia cruise liner lies in the waters of the Giglio Island, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Experts boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in prosecutors’ case against its captain. A team on Thursday examined the bridge of the cruise liner that sank Jan. 13, 2012 with thousands aboard, killing 32, to investigate if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck. Experts are to return next month to look at the liner’s emergency generator. A judge granted a joint request for the onboard evaluation to collect evidence sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino’s defense and a consumer group representing victims. So far, Schettino is the only person being tried although his defense and others contend that Costa Crociere SpA, the ship’s owner, bears some responsibility. (AP Photo/Luigi Navarra)The Associated Press

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    The Costa Concordia cruise liner lies in the waters of the Giglio Island, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Experts boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in prosecutors’ case against its captain. A team on Thursday examined the bridge of the cruise liner that sank Jan. 13, 2012 with thousands aboard, killing 32, to investigate if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck. Experts are to return next month to look at the liner’s emergency generator. A judge granted a joint request for the onboard evaluation to collect evidence sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino’s defense and a consumer group representing victims. So far, Schettino is the only person being tried although his defense and others contend that Costa Crociere SpA, the ship’s owner, bears some responsibility. (AP Photo/Luigi Navarra)The Associated Press

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    The Costa Concordia cruise liner lies in the waters of the Giglio Island, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Experts boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in prosecutors’ case against its captain. A team on Thursday examined the bridge of the cruise liner that sank Jan. 13, 2012 with thousands aboard, killing 32, to investigate if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck. Experts are to return next month to look at the liner’s emergency generator. A judge granted a joint request for the onboard evaluation to collect evidence sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino’s defense and a consumer group representing victims. So far, Schettino is the only person being tried although his defense and others contend that Costa Crociere SpA, the ship’s owner, bears some responsibility. (AP Photo/Luigi Navarra)The Associated Press

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    The Costa Concordia cruise liner, top right, lies in the waters of the Giglio Island, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Experts boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in prosecutors’ case against its captain. A team on Thursday examined the bridge of the cruise liner that sank Jan. 13, 2012 with thousands aboard, killing 32, to investigate if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck. Experts are to return next month to look at the liner’s emergency generator. A judge granted a joint request for the onboard evaluation to collect evidence sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino’s defense and a consumer group representing victims. So far, Schettino is the only person being tried although his defense and others contend that Costa Crociere SpA, the ship’s owner, bears some responsibility. (AP Photo/Luigi Navarra)The Associated Press

Experts have boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship's sinking than is contained in prosecutors' case against its captain.

A team on Thursday examined the bridge and elevators of the ship, which sank Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people. The vessel was righted in September at the accident site.

The goal is to investigate if any factors beyond human error contributed to the shipwreck. Next month experts are to examine the liner's emergency generator.

A judge granted a request for the onboard evaluation to collect evidence sought by Capt. Francesco Schettino's defense and a consumer group representing victims.

Schettino is the only person being tried, but his defense and others contend that Costa Crociere SpA, the ship's owner, bears some responsibility.