Captain: "The autopilot didn't respond." AIBN: "You SURE?"

Report on the grounding and sinking of the tug FFS Achilles

So the accident captain says the autopilot stopped responding to input. The AIBN rather drily points out that it really doesn’t look like that was the case, but whatever. I gotta wonder if he’s speaking the truth, consciously lying, or has succumbed to denialism? Either way, this report puts him in a rather embarrassing position.

I must sympathize a bit. I had an autopilot malfunction that put me on top of a cute little boat in a marina. It took a while before I was able to reproduce the issue, and about as long before anyone believed me. It sucked.