Costa Capt. Crashed Before: Report

    22 Jun 2011, Norway --- (FILE)An archive photo dated 22 June 2011 shows Franscesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, posing onboard the sister shipCosta Atlantica for a passenger during a Norweigian cruise in Gerianger Fjord, Norway. The captian of the capsized cruise ship off the Giglio island had a detention hearing lasting several hours on Tuesday 17 January 2012. He is being charged with several counts of negligent homicide and abandoning ship during the evacuation of the Costa Concordia. The 52 year old Schettino faces up to 15 years imprisonment, if he is convicted in court. Photo: Rolf Niemeyer (Repeat with norrower crop) --- Image by © Rolf Niemeyer/dpa/Corbis

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    It looks like the Costa Concordia captain has quite the seamanship rap sheet. Francesco Schettino reportedly crashed another luxury liner in 2010 while sailing too fast in a German port, according to leaks from an investigation into the accident. In a letter published by La Stampa daily on Friday, Schettino's employer wrote of the 2010 incident that he "manoeuvred at a speed of 7.7 to 7.9 knots during entry into the port of Warnemunde, causing damage to the Aida Blu cruise ship." Schettino responded to the accusation in writing, saying he "did not know the speed limit and have not received notification of an infraction from the relevant authorities" and that there were "probably other factors" behind the crash. Schettino is accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship before the evacuation of more than 4,200 passengers and crew after the Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian island of Giglio last month, killing at least 25 people.

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