US authorities said Thursday that the five occupants of the submarine Titan died in a “catastrophic implosion” in the midst of a vast international search operation near the Titanic wreck site, where the submarine was headed.
A remotely operated vehicle found Titan’s tail cone and other remains about 500 meters from Titanic’s bow, deep in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The pressure at those depths is believed to be the exact factor causing the submarine’s collapse. Based on this data, a video was circulated showing how deeply many famous ships sank under water for various reasons.
The remains of the Titanic, which sank in 1912, are 3,800 meters below the water level, but there are ships still floating on the ocean floor at greater depths, as seen in the video.
As of Friday, Titan’s nose cone and one end of the pressure hull have been identified, all in a large debris field. In addition, they discovered the position of the other end of the pressure hull in a second, smaller field.
said Tom Maddox, CEO of Underwater Forensic Investigators, who took part in the expedition to the Titanic in 2005.
According to OceanGate, the company that owns Titan, it was a 10,432-kilogram submarine made of carbon fiber and titanium. One of its safety features, the company said, was its “patented real-time hull health monitoring system,” which analyzes stress on a ship and structural integrity. He added that if any problem occurred, the device had to activate an “early warning” so that the pilot had “enough time to return safely to the surface”.