Twenty-four seconds, very few moments that must have appeared eternal to those who were stuck inside that cabin of cable car that was crashing down and realized that life was running away forever. From the approach to the station to the crash: the video recorded by the security cameras lasts less than half a minute of the Mottarone accident. The images were acquired by the carabinieri and are in the proceedings of the Verbania prosecutor’s office, two weeks after the accident that killed fourteen people. The frames show cabin number 3, with the fifteen passengers on board, preparing to enter the station. It is 12.12, as the investigators themselves note. “At a certain point a rope breaks which causes the cabin to soar and its consequent return at uncontrolled speed towards pylon three – explains who among the Weapon investigators has seen those images -, there the cabin falls to the ground “.
The sequence of the images will be crucial to help investigators understand what caused the breaking of the towing cable, one of the two contributing causes of the accident together with the failure of the emergency brake due to the presence of the shoes. Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor of Verbania Olimpia Bossi met Colonel Alberto Cicognani and Captain Luca Geminale at the courthouse. The meeting served, among other things, to agree on the timing of the next investigations and the inspection on the side of the mountain where the remains of the cable car still lie. The word, from next week, will pass to the technical consultants. There are many points to clarify: first of all because a cable designed to last, built to withstand an effort up to 5 times higher than that to which it is subjected, has broken, inspected by the Leitner company on November 20 with regular magnetographic verification. The prosecutor wants an “unrepeatable technical assessment”, while the lawyer Marcello Perillo, defender of the head of service Gabriele Tadini, the only suspect under house arrest, would like to speed up the times with a super partes report ordered directly by the court with the formula of ” evidentiary accident “. The lawyer’s collaborators, Andrea Gruttadauria and Riccardo Falco, began to examine a number of photos retrieved mainly from the internet. In the case file there are, for now, two videos (lasting 24 and 30 seconds) made by a police marshal who took pictures of the video surveillance with his mobile phone.
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