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OceanGate’s CFO reveals she quit when CEO asked her to take over doomed submarine

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The former OceanGate CFO reveals she quit when the CEO asked her to take command of the Titan submersible.

The unnamed former chief financial officer said after chief pilot David Lochridge was fired after raising safety concerns, she could not trust the late CEO Stockton Rush.

She told The New Yorker: “It scared me that he wanted me to be chief pilot, since I have a background in accounting, I couldn’t work for Stockton.”

“I didn’t trust him. As soon as she was able to find a new job, she quit.

She added that several of the engineers were in their late teens and early twenties and at one point were being paid fifteen dollars an hour.

Former OceanGate CFO says CEO Stockton Rush gave her the remotes, pictured here

Former OceanGate CFO says CEO Stockton Rush gave her the remotes, pictured here

OceanGate bosses have fired David Lochridge, pictured here, who was director of marine operations for Project Titan

OceanGate bosses have fired David Lochridge, pictured here, who was director of marine operations for the Titan project

OceanGate bosses have fired David Lochridge, pictured here, who was director of marine operations for the Titan project

The five men on board were all dead after the Titan submarine, pictured here, imploded during its expedition

The five men on board were all dead after the Titan submarine, pictured here, imploded during its expedition

The five men on board were all dead after the Titan submarine, pictured here, imploded during its expedition

Lochridge was fired in 2018 after OceanGate disagreed with his demand for more stringent safety checks on the submersible, including “tests to prove its integrity”.

OceanGate, which was charging up to $250,000 for a seat on the submersible, suggested that finding a classification could take years and would be “anathema to rapid innovation”.

In 2019, OceanGate said seeking a classification for Titan would “not ensure operators adhere to proper operating procedures and decision-making processes – two areas that are far more important in mitigating risk at sea. “.

Classification involves hiring an independent organization to ensure that vessels like ships and submersibles meet industry-wide technical standards. It is a crucial means of ensuring that a vessel is fit for operation.

In a court document filed in 2018, attorneys for the company said Lochridge’s employment was terminated because he “couldn’t accept” their research and plans, including safety protocols.

OceanGate also claimed that Lochridge “wished to be fired” and shared confidential information with others and erased a company hard drive.

The company said it “refused to accept the voracity of information” about Titan’s chief engineer safety.

Lochridge had moved from the UK to Washington to work on the development of the Titan – which was previously called Cyclops 2.

French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet was in the submarine

French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet was in the submarine

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush was also on board

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush was also on board

French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet (left) was on the submarine with OceanGate Expedition CEO Stockton Rush (right)

Five people were on board, including British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding

Five people were on board, including British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding

Shahzada Dawood and her son Suleiman

Shahzada Dawood and her son Suleiman

Five people were on board, including British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding (left) and Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, who was just 19.

A former Royal Navy marine engineer and ship’s diver, he has been described by OceanGate as an “expert in the field of underwater operations and rescue”.

Lochridge said he could not agree to OceanGate’s research and development plans.

Based on Lochridge’s position, OceanGate terminated his employment, the legal documents reveal.

Rush died aboard the submersible which imploded while descending to view the wreckage of the Titanic last month.

On board were one of Pakistan’s richest men, Shahzada Dawood, alongside his son Suleman, British billionaire Hamish Harding and French explorer Paul-Henry Nargeolet.

Huge pieces of metal are unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard jetty in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Huge pieces of metal are unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard jetty in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Huge pieces of metal are unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard jetty in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

The submarine lost communication with its operator, OceanGate Expeditions, less than two hours after it began its dive to the famous shipwreck last month, with five people on board.

A full-scale rescue operation including planes and a fleet of ships had been dispatched to the area 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, as oxygen supplies in the submarine dwindled.

It was later announced that all five men on board were killed instantly after the submersible suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’.

Last week, wreckage from the submersible was carried ashore in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Origin: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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