National Transportation Safety Board News

Captain’s Error Led to 2013 NYC Ferry Crash, Investigators Say

A captain’s error, compounded by confusing controls and lax safety regulations, led to the January 2013 ferry crash that injured 80 people in Lower Manhattan, federal investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the ferry’s captain, Jason Reimer, …

Coast Guard Begins Surprise Safety Inspections of Cruise Ships

The Coast Guard has begun unannounced inspections of cruise ships at U.S. ports, targeting those with patterns of safety problems, officials told the National Transportation Safety Board at its first-ever forum on safety on board the vessels. Capt. Eric Christensen, …

Officials: 8 Victims of N.Y. Blast Died of Smoke, Burns, Trauma

Eight people killed in a suspected gas explosion that leveled two Manhattan apartment buildings in New York died of either blunt trauma, smoke inhalation or burns, officials said Monday. The autopsy results were released as investigators continued to examine the …

West Virginia Pipeline Blast in 2012 Blamed on Corrosion

Severe corrosion caused a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion in West Virginia that destroyed three houses and cooked a stretch of Interstate 77, and the incident likely could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or …

Hearing Into Birmingham UPS Crash to Probe Pilot ‘Fatigue and Fitness’

U.S. crash investigators are focusing on pilot fatigue, training and adherence to procedures in the fatal Aug. 14 crash of a United Parcel Service Inc. jet freighter in Birmingham, Alabama. The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a one- day …

New Federal Safety Rules Target Bus, Truck Firms with Repeat Violations

Intercity bus and truck companies with a continuing history of safety problems will be easier to shut down under regulations published online last Friday by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, an agency under fire for its oversight of the industries. …

Commuter Train Crashes Prompt Call for Safety Improvements

Commuter rail accidents including a New York derailment last month that killed four prompted a U.S. investigative agency to name improving transit safety as its top priority for 2014. The National Transportation Safety Board, releasing its annual list of most-wanted …

Punctured Cars in North Dakota Train Crash Spilled 400K Gallons of Crude Oil

Eighteen of 20 tanker cars carrying oil that derailed in the fiery crash of two trains in North Dakota in late December were punctured, spilling more than 400,000 gallons of crude oil, safety regulators reported. In a preliminary report, the …

NTSB: Technology Upgrade Likely Could Have Prevented N.Y. Train Derailment

Federal safety officials say a technology upgrade they’ve been recommending for years would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York.The National Transportation Safety Board said a tool called positive train control would …

Rescheduled Asiana Crash Hearing to Probe Pilot Reliance on Automation

A U.S. safety regulator’s hearing on the July 6 crash of an Asiana Airlines Inc. plane in San Francisco was postponed today due to the federal government’s weather-related closing. The day hearing will be rescheduled and may begin as soon …