Titanic sub boss flew to London to reassure Brit billionaire that trip was safe

The CEO who died while travelling down to the wreck of the Titanic in an experimental submarine that killed five people flew to London to reassure a Brit billionaire who died in the vessel that it was safe to use.

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush and his wife, Wendy, flew to London and met with Shahzada and Christina Dawood and their son Suleman in February, four months before the dad and son died thousands of feet below the sea.

Rush was one of five men who died on the submarine, alongside British businessman Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, as well as French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

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The family met the couple at a cafe near Waterloo Station, in the heart of London, where they reportedly spoke about the safety of the experimental vessel.

“That engineering side, we just had no idea,” Christina, who survives her husband and son, said in an interview with the New York Times.

“I mean, you sit in a plane without knowing how the engine works.”

She previously revealed that she was meant to take her son’s place on the doomed submarine.

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In the weeks after the tragic implosion, which killed all five passengers on board, OceanGate has come under massive scrutiny for its lax safety standards.

Customers who paid an eye-watering $250,000 for a ticket onto the cramped vessel were made to sign an unnerving waiver before they boarded.

CBS Sunday Morning reporter David Pogue, who went on the trip a few years ago, said: ““This experimental vessel has not been approved or certified by any regulatory body, and could result in physical injury, emotional trauma, or death."

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He added that there were three mentions of “death” on the first page of the waiver alone.

On top of this, search and rescue expert David Mearns revealed that the vessel was banned from being used in US and Canadian waters because it had not been approved by regulators.

Dozens of submarine experts warned OceanGate for years that Rush’s carefree attitude towards safety would cost lives in 2018.

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