U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) News

Tesla ‘Operational Limitations’ Cited for ‘Major Role’ in Crash by Safety Board

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system. The …

Federal Officials Say Damaged Guardrail Caused Texas Prison Bus Wreck

Federal investigators have confirmed that a West Texas prison bus accident that killed two prison guards and eight inmates was caused by the bus striking a piece of displaced highway guardrail. The National Transportation Safety Board in a report released …

U.S. Issues ‘Urgent’ Oil Train Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday called for the faster replacement of rail cars that carry flammable liquids like crude oil or ethanol, one of four urgent recommendations stemming from an investigation of recent derailments. The NTSB is seeking …

Transportation Safety Board Investigating New York Train Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fiery rush-hour crash of a New York commuter train in Westchester County that killed six people, the deadliest accident in Metro-North Railroad’s history. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a state agency that runs …

More Pilots in Crashes Testing Positive for Prescription, Other Drugs

Four times as many pilots killed in airplane crashes tested positive for drugs over the past two decades, tracking a broader societal trend in the use of antihistamines, painkillers and marijuana. While most of the substances wouldn’t affect the ability …

Husband of Tennessee UPS Pilot Sues Honeywell Over Fatal Crash

The husband of a Tennessee pilot killed when a UPS cargo jet crashed in Alabama has filed suit against the company that made warning equipment used in the aircraft. Bret Tucker Fanning is seeking $2 million in his federal lawsuit …

Sinking of Ship ‘Bounty’ Blamed on Captain’s ‘Reckless Decision’

A captain’s “reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy” was the probable cause of the sinking of a tall ship off the North Carolina coast in October, 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a …

U.S., Canada Officials Say Tougher Oil Train Safety Rules Needed

Warning that a “major loss of life” could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments to impose new safety rules. The unusual …

Canada, U.S. Safety Agencies Urge Fast Action on Oil-by-Rail Cars

North American regulators should phase out the type of rail car involved in last July’s deadly Lac-Megantic crash “sooner rather than later,” Canadian investigators said on Thursday, urging the United States and Canada to impose tougher standards swiftly. Canada’s Transportation …