Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, were found after the ship carrying 456 overturned in a freak tornado on Monday night on the Yangtze River. Most of the passengers on the Eastern Star were elderly domestic tourists.
The 60-strong investigation team is made up of specialists in meteorology, ship design and manufacturing, shipping safety and computing, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a government notice on the inquiry.
"It is subdivided into five groups probing meteorological conditions at the time of the Eastern Star's sinking, the structure and retrofitting of the ship, its fitness to sail and sailors' responsibility, and shipping safety supervision on the Yangtze River," the news agency said.
"Investigators have interviewed survivors, the captain included, shipping company managers, designers and builders of the Eastern Star, and witnesses from other ships."
The company which operated the ship has apologised for the disaster and said it would "fully" cooperate with the investigation. The government has pledged there would be "no cover-up".
外文标题：China gathers "multitude" of evidence in ship sinking probe
we cannot do anything with the lost lives...only we can prevent such in future if they are really serious
web presence (Pune)
What is there to investigate? Just a plain silly mistake.
Saurabh Nagshain (Hyderabad)
akpm akpm ()
China has given punishment to an official blamed for death of children due to poor quality milk powder in very short span of time and as record says this time also they will do it fast.....Hope Indian system works like that..
Vijay Bali (India)
China need to bring out reason for sinking and for this deep investigation in scientific way is needed
Jay KJay K (Canada)
Good plan .. , such serious investigations can help to make things better in the future ..
Rk NY (NY USA)
its a chinese made ship... blame the manufacturer.. simple...!! the c...me will somehow end up blaming the poor captain instead..!!
Aries Fernandes (Unknown)
If China says it will investigate it will do it...results will come way quicker
tats a freak incident
Philip Hou ()
In the Korean ship sinking incident too, captain and his crews were the survivors.
kevinimorton kevinimorton ()
Only they have a system to investigate. Hope it is the truth just like they demanded from malaysia. We didnt see pictures of the victimins fsmily flown to the site or even allowed near the site