U.S. National Transportation Safety Board News

NTSB: Pilots in Fatal Katz Crash Ignored Safety Check on 99% of Trips

Investigators of the private-jet crash that killed billionaire Lewis Katz discovered that the sports mogul’s personal pilots almost never performed the required pre-flight safety checks when shuttling their boss around the country. There were only two occasions out of the …

NTSB: Southwest Pilot Took Controls From Co-Pilot Before NYC Crash

The co-pilot of a Southwest Airlines Co. plane that crash landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in July 2013 said the captain put her hand on his as he was controlling the throttles and reduced the plane’s power. Only after …

Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash Insurance May Pose Quandary

Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine on Thursday is likely to pay out relatively quickly, provided that the cause of the crash is firmly determined, but observers say the loss of of 295 lives [corrected to 298] …

U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash

FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April …

Canada Considers Requiring Emergency Response Plans for Rail Oil Shipments

Canada is considering classifying crude oil as a higher-risk, dangerous product, requiring emergency response plans for shipment by rail following a train accident that leveled the heart of a Quebec town in July, a government official said on Friday. The …

Tough-to-Kill New York Buses Drive Through U.S. Law’s Loopholes

Outside New York’s Winter Garden Theatre, where “Mamma Mia” is nearing the end of a 13-year Broadway run, unwitting tourists board a bus bearing the name of a company U.S. regulators tried to close two years ago. New York Party …

Southwest Crash at New York’s LaGuardia Airport Triggers Probe by NTSB

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board began a formal investigation into the Southwest Airlines Co. accident Monday at New York’s LaGuardia airport that injured eight and disrupted traffic. The Boeing Co. 737-700’s nose gear failed as the plane touched down, …

Oil Tank Cars Like Those in Quebec Rail Tragedy Long Seen as Flawed

The oil-laden train that derailed and exploded in a small Canadian town on Saturday, possibly killing as many as 50 people, included a class of railcar whose vulnerability to leaks and deadly explosions was well known to regulators. The U.S. …