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NTSB could resume search for El Faro black box

National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Tom Roth-Roffy has said that the agency might renew the search for the missing black box recorder of the lost ro/ro cargo ship El Faro.

The search was suspended in November, following an extended examination of the vessel's separated hull and bridge sections. The bridge's 35-foot main mast was not found.

Even without the data recorder, the NTSB expects to be able to determine the cause of the accident. As of this point in time, Roth-Roffy told media, the agency does not suspect structural damage as a causal factor. Spokespeople have previously suggested that the investigation is in its early stages and that it will be some time before answers are provided to the families of the vessel's missing crew.

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