Lake George accident investigator says results not thorough

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A man who initially led the federal investigation of the Ethan Allen capsizing on Lake George claims the final result was not thorough.

Robert Ford, the investigator in charge during early stages of the Ethan Allen inquiry, says Congress should order the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the probe.

He says he left the NTSB last year because he was unhappy with how the case was handled.

The 40-foot boat overturned on Lake George in the Adirondacks, killing twenty elderly tourists from Michigan and Ohio on a fall foliage tour in 2005.

According to the report, 47 passengers and the captain were dumped into the lake when excess weight caused the vessel to capsize. The report says it’s likely the boat flipped after it was struck by a wake from a passing boat or boats.

Ford says the NTSB concentrated on the wake theory despite conflicting testimony from witnesses and ignored certain evidence, particularly involving the boat’s water coolant pump.

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