Marchioness disaster: Survivor Magda Allani asks if Antonio de Vasconcellos held the key

Marchioness disaster: Survivor Magda Allani asks if Antonio de Vasconcellos held the key

1bn mystery of the Marchioness: Magda Allani survived the disaster 22 years ago. Now she asks whether her tormented friend Antonio held the key to the tragedy

1:06 PM on 21st August 2011

Lost dreams: Magda Allani at a party in Cambridge in 1982 with Antonio de Vasconcellos, who died in the Marchioness disaster

Lost dreams: Magda Allani at a party in Cambridge in 1982 with Antonio de Vasconcellos, who died in the Marchioness disaster

Wreckage of the Marchioness on the River Thames in 1989. The disaster claimed the lives of 51 people

Wreckage of the Marchioness on the River Thames in 1989. The disaster claimed the lives of 51 people

Tragic victims: Magda

Tragic victims: Magda”s friends Jeff Gibbs, Linda Webster and Antonio at a party in 1984. All three died in the disaster

Troubled waters: Fifty one died in the collision between the Bowbelle, pictured, and the Marchioness

Troubled waters: Fifty one died in the collision between the Bowbelle, pictured, and the Marchioness

Not for turning Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (left) initially promised a public inquiry, but changed her mind following a meeting with Transport Minister Michael Portillo Not for turning Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (left) initially promised a public inquiry, but changed her mind following a meeting with Transport Minister Michael Portillo

Not for turning Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (left) initially promised a public inquiry, but changed her mind following a meeting with Transport Minister Michael Portillo

Lucky escape: A policewoman helps a survivor after the collision on the Thames

Lucky escape: A policewoman helps a survivor after the collision on the Thames

Before the tragedy: Passengers relax aboard the Marchioness before she begins a journey down the Thames

Before the tragedy: Passengers relax aboard the Marchioness before she begins a journey down the Thames