National Transportation Safety Board News

Year After Texas Balloon Crash, NTSB Wants Medical Certification Exemption Tossed

The National Transportation Safety Board has called on the Federal Aviation Administration to remove its medical certification exemption for commercial balloon operators, saying it contributed to a July 30, 2016, balloon crash in Texas that killed 15 passengers and the …

Drone’s Collision With Army Helicopter Over New York Probed

Federal investigators have opened their first probe of a mid-air collision between a civilian drone and a traditional aircraft. An Army UH-60 helicopter was flying east of Staten Island on Sept. 21 when it collided with a small, consumer Phantom …

Kentucky Jury Awards $21.7M to Families of 3 Killed in Medical Chopper Crash

A Kentucky jury has awarded $21.7 million to the families of three people who died in a June 2013 medical helicopter crash. A jury in Clay County decided the award Thursday after a three-week trial and five hours of deliberation, …

Official Says Bus in Deadly New York Crash Going Twice the Speed Limit

Federal safety investigators say a charter bus that blew through a red light in New York City and caused a horrific crash that killed three people was traveling at nearly double the posted speed limit. National Transportation Safety Board investigator …

Family Says Tesla Car Did Not Kill Their Son But Regulator Says Tesla Shares Blame

Federal accident investigators are poised to find that Tesla Inc.’s auto-driving system should share blame for a fatal 2016 crash in which a Model S sedan drove itself into the side of a truck. The investigative staff of U.S. National …

Pennsylvania Commuter Train Crash Injures Dozens, None Critically

A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator, a transit spokeswoman said. None of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries, …

Freight Train Cars Burning After Derailment in Pennsylvania, Residents Flee

Rail cars carrying gas and sulfur on a CSX Corp freight train skidded off the tracks and burst into flames on Wednesday in a small Pennsylvania town, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes as firefighters fought the blaze. …

NTSB Releases Results of Investigation Into 2015 New York Train Crash

Federal safety investigators said Tuesday they can’t determine why an SUV ended up in the path of an oncoming commuter train, causing a crash that killed six people at a rail crossing in suburban New York in 2015. Detailing the …

Alaska Fatal Airplane Crash Getting NTSB Hearing

A National Transportation Safety Board investigative hearing in Alaska next month on a fatal commercial airplane crash will be the first held outside of Washington, D.C., in nearly 20 years. The board is conducting an investigative hearing Aug. 17 on …

California Commissioner Wants Investigation Following Airline Near Miss

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who was a passenger last week on the Air Canada flight 759 that nearly landed on a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport, has sent a letter to the airline and three aviation and transportation …