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Drugs Found in 1 in 4 Pilots Killed in Crashes

More than one in four pilots involved in fatal crashes have drugs in their system, and the number is up slightly since researchers first studied the problem. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that 28% of pilots who died …

Civilian Plane Crash Deaths Rose 15% in 2018

Federal safety officials say that 393 people died in U.S. civilian plane crashes last year, a 15% increase over the year before. All but a dozen of the deaths occurred in general aviation, which usually involves small private planes. However, …

Former Police Officer, Insurance Analyst Among B-17 Victims

A former police officer and an insurance analyst were among the seven people killed in the crash of a B-17 bomber at a Connecticut airport, officials and relatives said Thursday. The World War II-era plane with 13 people on board …

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Untimely Appeal in Air Crash Lawsuit

Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 airplane crash in the Congo that claimed the life of the chief adviser to that country’s president and left his finance minister seriously injured. The companies …

NTSB Says Plane Didn’t Slip; It Entirely Missed Maine Runway

The National Transportation Safety Board says a United Express regional jet didn’t slide off a runway in Maine – it missed the runway altogether. A preliminary report indicates the 50-seat Embraer 145 approached to the right of the runway on …

Lessons from the Grounding of the Boeing 737 Max: Viewpoint

This week President Trump grounded the Boeing 737 Max as a result of a crash of a second plane in Africa. The plane had already been grounded in Canada, China, the EU, UK, etc. There is a lot riding on …

Fatal Crashes on Private Planes at Lowest in 50 Years

The rate of fatal crashes on privately owned aircraft in the U.S. dropped to the lowest level in 50 years in 2016. The fatal-accident rate was less than 1 per 100,000 flight hours, the first time it has reached that …

Widow of Pilot Killed in Washington Crash Files Suit against Aircraft Companies

The wife of one of the men who died after a plane crashed into Washington’s Spokane River has filed a lawsuit against the companies that built and maintained the aircraft. The Spokesman-Review reported that 60-year-old Lyndon Amestoy and the 64-year-old …

No Heat Technology On Rig That Hit SFO Asiana Survivor

The fire rig that ran over and killed a 16-year-old Asiana Airlines crash survivor was not equipped with heat sensing equipment that might have saved her life. A San Francisco Chronicle story says fire officials acknowledge the older-model engine that …