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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 …

Passengers Risk Lives Grabbing Luggage as Planes Burn

If your flight has an emergency and you’re told to evacuate, be certain that at least two things will happen. You’ll experience the adrenaline rush of a lifetime, for one. But you’ll also hear the urgent commands of flight attendants …

Traffic Safety Investigators Probing California Bus Crash That Killed 4

Federal safety investigators converged this week in central California to investigate a highway wreck that nearly sliced a bus in half, killed four people and injured 23. “At this point we don’t know what occurred immediately before the crash,” said …

Pacific Gas in California Set to Face Jury over Pipeline Blast

One of the country’s largest utility companies is set to face a jury in a criminal trial accusing it of obstructing investigators in the wake of a deadly pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. The September 2010 blast …

Duck Boat in Washington Crash Didn’t Have Recommended Fix: NTSB

A duck boat involved in a deadly Seattle traffic crash did not have an axle repair that was recommended for the amphibious vehicle in 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board said. NTSB member Earl Weener said investigators only recently learned …

Feds Say Chicago Transit Partly to Blame for Airport Train Derailment

Federal investigators say the Chicago Transit Authority shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a commuter train operator fell asleep and crashed into a platform at the O’Hare airport station, sending the lead car barreling up …

Germanwings Crash Shows Need for Protections Against Suicidal Crew Members

The suspected intentional destruction of a Germanwings jet by a pilot shows the need for new protections against suicidal crew members, a threat emerging as one of the worst in modern aviation, accident investigators say. With French prosecutors saying the …

NTSB Faults Parade Plans in Fatal Texas Train Collision

The lack of safety planning by parade organizers and the city of Midland, Texas, has been faulted by federal investigators in an accident in November 2012 in which a freight train rammed a tractor-trailer truck towing a parade float with …

Safety Probes at Risk Without More Funding: NTSB

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, handling the most accident investigations since the 1990s, is “going to have to let some things go” if budget cuts aren’t restored, Chairman Deborah Hersman said. “We’re getting very stretched,” Hersman, nominated this month …

NTSB: Missouri Derailment Investigation Could Take a Year

The investigation into the cause of a southeast Missouri cargo train crash that injured seven people and destroyed a highway overpass could take up to a year. The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Rockview, Mo., when a Union …