lost 2 miles below the ocean

A few days ago, when passengers set off on a deep sea expedition in the Atlantic Ocean, they were aboard a vessel that many experts had already concluded was dangerously designed.

William Broad, a science correspondent for The Times, explains why he was worried from the start.

William J. Broad, a science correspondent for The New York Times.

A white cylindrical submergible is sinking into the ocean.
OceanGate’s Titan submersible during a descent. Rescue teams have expanded their search underwater as they raced against time to find a Titan deep-diving tourist submersible that went missing near the wreck of the Titanic with five people on board and limited oxygen.Agence France-Presse, via Oceangate Expeditions/Afp, via Ge
  • What to know about the Titan, the vessel that went missing on Sunday on its way to the Titanic shipwreck site with five people aboard.

  • Three decades ago, a dive in the three-person submersible Alvin revealed not only an alien world but why people engage in such risky pursuits.

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William J. Broad contributed reporting.

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