National Transportation Safety Board News

Defective Axle Blamed Fiery 2013 Derailment in North Dakota

A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and …

Investigators: Plane in Fatal Oklahoma Crash Lost Power

A preliminary report on a plane crash in northeastern Oklahoma that killed a Grove man says the aircraft lost engine power while in flight. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board published on Jan. 30 says the pilot tried …

New Jersey Transit Rail-Crew Hours Draw Scrutiny Over Safety Limit 

New Jersey Transit faces a widening examination of its safety practices after federal regulators discovered hundreds of potential work-hour violations, including altered duty logs and shifts longer than permitted. Federal Railroad Administration inspectors recommended penalties in September after they found timekeeping …

NTSB to Probe Pennsylvania Trolley Crash that Hurt Nearly 50

Federal crash investigators are heading to Philadelphia a day after a collision between two trolley cars injured nearly 50 people. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the agency is sending a team to look into the crash in west …

Widow of Pilot Killed in Washington Crash Files Suit against Aircraft Companies

The wife of one of the men who died after a plane crashed into Washington’s Spokane River has filed a lawsuit against the companies that built and maintained the aircraft. The Spokesman-Review reported that 60-year-old Lyndon Amestoy and the 64-year-old …

Police Testify Driver in Deadly Tennessee School Bus Crash was Speeding

The 24-year-old driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six children was speeding about 20 miles per hour over the 30 mile-per-hour limit, police testified Dec. 14, drawing tears from their families in court. Johnthony Walker also was …

Experts: Pilot of Crashed Texas Balloon on 10 Different Prescription Meds

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas in July, killing 16 people, was taking medications that should have precluded him from flying, medical experts testified at a federal hearing on Dec. 9. Experts also testified that Alfred “Skip” …

School Bus Driver in Fatal Maryland Crash was Speeding, Had Prior Wrecks

The driver of a Baltimore school bus that careened into a transit bus, killing him and five others, was speeding, had a history of previous crashes and had a seizure the week before, national investigators said Wednesday. Glenn Chappell was …

NTSB: Crew Fatigue Main Cause of Deadly 2014 Arkansas Train Crash

Crew fatigue brought on by irregular work schedules and a moderate form of sleep apnea is the primary reason behind a middle-of-the-night train crash that killed two Union Pacific workers and injured two others in northern Arkansas, the National Transportation …

3 Lawsuits Filed Over Tennessee Bus Crash That Killed 6 Kids

So far, three lawsuits have been filed following a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed six children and injured several more. The Chattanooga Times Free Press each of the lawsuits have been filed in Hamilton County against Durham …