• A father and son claimed they cancelled their participation in the tragic Titan submarine excursion due to safety worries.
  • Stockton Rush, the CEO, allegedly persuaded them while flying in a “experimental plane that he built.”
  • It was a failure. Another father and son pair who also perished on the Titanic were given their seats.

According to a guy who opted out of the tragic Titan submarine journey to the Titanic, the company’s CEO flew to see him in an experimental aircraft he had built.

In an interview with CNN, Jay Bloom and his 20-year-old son Sean stated that they were scheduled to travel on the Titan submersible expedition with OceanGate Expeditions, which tragically ended last week. Stockton Rush, the company’s CEO, and the other four passengers all perished when the ship collapsed while travelling to the Titanic’s wreck.

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Bloom claimed that Rush visited him after he and his kid voiced their reservations about the journey.

When Bloom questioned Rush about why he was landing at North Las Vegas Airport as opposed to one of the city’s other airports, Rush responded that he “was coming in on a two-seater experimental plane that he built,” according to Rush.

“And I started to think about it: He’s coming in on a two-seater experimental plane to pitch me going on a five-seater experimental sub that he built down to the ocean floor to see the Titanic.”

Bloom admitted that he recognised Rush’s “different risk appetite from mine.” I’m a licenced pilot and I fly helicopters, therefore I wouldn’t get into an experimental aircraft, he declared.

The son, Sean, told CNN that he had discussed his worries with his father over the safety of the submersible, especially those related to its structural integrity. He claimed that after watching recordings of Rush outlining the operation of the vessel, he grew worried and noticed several red flags.

He remarked, “I simply didn’t imagine it could survive dropping so low into the water.

When they attempted to interrogate Stockton, Sean’s father concurred with his worries, but “he kind of brushed it off a little bit,” Sean recalled.

Instead, Shahzada and Suleman Dawood, another father and son who perished on board when the submersible imploded, were given their seats.

Tom Porter of Insider wrote last week about remarks made on Facebook by Jay Bloom, who said that although he had expressed safety concerns prior to the journey, Rush had attempted to persuade him that it was “safer than crossing the street.”

He claimed that after being given discounted tickets, the father and son still chose not to attend.

Before the Titan’s disastrous voyage, experts expressed their worries about its safety on several occasions. After the Titan vanished, earlier videos showing Rush disobeying rules in the sake of innovation also reappeared.

According to experts, the Titan submarine operated in foreign seas to avoid having to comply with stricter safety regulations.

Despite the submersible making multiple successful excursions to the wreckage in recent years, other potential passengers also decided against riding on it due to safety concerns.

An explorer who had cancelled a trip in 2018 was one of many who left because OceanGate “didn’t come across as a professional diving operation.”

Despite his choice to postpone the trip, Jay Bloom told CNN that he felt Rush had the correct intentions based on their conversations: “He really was passionate about his project and he believed everything he was saying.”

One hour and 45 minutes into a dive towards the Titanic wreck, the Titan sub disappeared on Sunday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard said that response teams discovered the sub’s own wreckage early on Thursday, bringing a sombre end to days of a perilous sea search.

According to his biography on the OceanGate website, Rush had prior flying experience and was “the youngest jet transport rated pilot in the world” when he turned 19 in 1981.

Later, he worked with sonar and wireless technology for maritime applications before becoming an F-15 flight test engineer.

According to OceanGate, Rush “personally constructed a Glasair III experimental aircraft in 1989, which he still owns and flies. He earned his MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business in 1989 after receiving his BSE in aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1984.

Then he got into deep-sea diving, completing dozens of trips in a modified Kittredge K-350 two-person submersible before building the Titan, according to OceanGate.

Isador and Ida Straus, who were among the more than 1,500 passengers who perished when the legendary Titanic hit an iceberg and fell into the Atlantic Ocean on its first voyage in 1912, are directly descended through Stockton’s widow Wendy Rush.

The Coast Guard said on Thursday that a deep-sea robot had found wreckage on the ocean floor, roughly 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow, despite the fact that search and rescue teams from the United States, Canada, France, and the commercial sector had all joined the operation to try to find survivors.

“The debris is consistent with the pressure chamber suffering a catastrophic loss. After making this decision, we promptly contacted the families, Rear Admiral John Mauger of the U.S. Coast Guard told reporters. I send the families my sincere condolences on behalf of the United States Coast Guard and the entire unified comman

The ship’s captain was the CEO of OceanGate. In addition to Paul-Henry Nargeolet, a former French navy officer and top Titanic specialist, the crew also featured British businessman-turned-adventurer Hamish Harding, father-and-son Shahzada and Suleman Dawood, who come from one of the wealthiest families in Pakistan.

According to a statement from OceanGate, “These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans.” “During this tragic time, our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families,” the statement reads.

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