National Transportation Safety Board News

Cockpit Voice Recorder Retrieved from Doomed EgyptAir Flight

Search teams retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir flight MS804 on Thursday in a breakthrough for investigators seeking to explain what caused the plane to plunge into the sea, killing all 66 people on board. The Airbus A320 crashed into …

Investigators Find Main Wreckage Sites of Crashed EgyptAir Flight 804

Investigators found the main wreckage sites of EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed last month over the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board. A search team provided images of the Airbus Group SE A320 jetliner’s remains to authorities, Egypt’s Ministry …

Houston Ship Channel Pilot Blamed for 2015 Collision, Chemical Spill

Federal safety experts say errors by a Houston Ship Channel pilot likely caused the 2015 collision between two 600-foot vessels that led to a chemical spill. The Houston Chronicle reported that the National Transportation Safety Board has urged Houston officials …

Family of Worker Killed in Pennsylvania Amtrak Crash Files Suit

A lawyer filing suit over a fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia blamed a “colossal miscommunication” for the deaths of two rail workers killed when a train traveling 106 mph struck a backhoe on the same track. Lawyers filed a negligence …

Bus in Fatal Texas Crash Had Seatbelts Only in First Row

Officials investigating a charter bus crash that killed eight people and injured 44 on a rain-slicked South Texas highway said that the vehicle had seat belts only in the first row. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said …

Vehicle Problems Not New for Bus Company in South Texas Crash

The small South Texas bus company involved in a rollover crash that killed eight people and injured 44 others had twice been ordered by Louisiana state inspectors in 2015 to take one of its buses off the road to fix …

Investigators Say Amtrak Engineer Was Distracted Before 2015 Philly Crash

The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted in the moments before the accident, U.S. investigators are preparing to conclude at a meeting Tuesday. The National Transportation …

NTSB Investigating Texas Bus Crash That Left 8 Dead, 44 Hurt

Federal authorities are investigating a charter bus crash in far South Texas that killed eight people and injured 44 more in a single-vehicle rollover, officials said. Seven people died at the scene Saturday morning, May 14, on U.S. Highway 83, …

Rail Union Blames Corporate Changes at Amtrak for Worker Deaths

Railroad union leaders say a “perfect storm” of corporate changes at Amtrak is largely to blame for two workers being killed on tracks near Philadelphia. In a letter sent on April 13 to Amtrak President Joe Boardman, maintenance-of-way and other …

Kansas Feed Yard Sued over Damaged Tracks, Derailment

Amtrak has filed a federal lawsuit against a southwest Kansas feed yard, accusing it of gross negligence in relation to a train derailment that injured 32 passengers in March. In the suit filed by Amtrak and BNSF, the plaintiffs allege Cimarron Crossing …