The ferry Sewol did not take a sharp turn before it sank, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Monday after analysing data recovered from the vessel's automatic identification system.
Since the ship sank last Wednesday in waters off Korea's southwestern coast, the allegation had prevailed that the ill-fated ship changed direction too sharply when only a gradual change was required, causing the vessel to lose balance and ultimately capsize.
Given the "J-shaped" travel route recovered from the AIS data, the ship changed its direction in a gradual manner, officials said.
Initially, the ministry presumed that the ship turned right at a 115-degree angle. But the latest analysis found that the ship turned at an angle of 45 degrees.