National Transportation Safety Board News

Investigators at Scene of Suburban Philadelphia Medical Helicopter Crash

Federal investigators pored over the wreckage of a medical helicopter a day after it crash-landed without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia, somehow avoiding a web of power lines and buildings. Brian …

Cause Unknown For Nebraska Plane Crash That Killed Three

The preliminary report on a plane crash that killed three people in northwest Nebraska in November doesn’t identify the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Wednesday that the plane’s takeoff appeared normal …

Fatal Texas Plane Crash Likely Clipped Treetops

A small plane appeared to have clipped treetops before crashing west of Houston, killing both people aboard, federal investigators reported Dec. 17. The Dec. 8 crash of the single-engine Piper PA 28-140 aircraft happened in a heavily wooded area shortly …

Ship Master Spent 50 Hours Sleepless Before Crash off Louisiana

An oil tanker hit an offshore oil platform at night off Louisiana because its Turkish operating company didn’t give the ship’s master time to recover from days of sleepless travel, federal investigators have found. The master, or person in charge …

NTSB Issues 1st Report on Fatal Midair Arizona Collision

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report on a fatal midair collision involving a helicopter and a small plane outside a suburban Phoenix airport earlier this month. The flight instructor and student pilot aboard the Robinson R22 helicopter …

NTSB: Louisiana Boat’s Engine Room-Only Fuel Shutoff Valves Let Fire Spread

Fuel shutoff valves outside the engine room might have stopped a fire that destroyed a shrimp boat after an explosion off Louisiana last year, federal investigators say. Other shrimpers saw the smoke and rescued all four people from the Master …

Fatal Michigan Plane Crash Blamed on Maintenance Mistake

Federal investigators have determined that a misplaced air filter screen probably caused a small plane’s engine failure and crash in southeastern Michigan that killed a Delta airlines pilot and an aircraft mechanic two years ago. The improperly installed metal intake …

National Transportation Safety Board Probes Deadly Tesla Crash in Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into a crash of a Tesla Inc. vehicle, the second probe by the agency of a fatal accident involving the electric carmaker’s models in less than six months. Two people were …

Tesla Slams into Florida Highway Patrol Car on Autopilot

A Tesla driving in autopilot mode slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over to assist a disabled vehicle. Earlier this month, the U.S. government opened …

Safety Regulations a Focus at Hearing into Deadly Louisiana Lift Boat Accident

A public hearing into the deadly capsizing of the Seacor Power lift boat off the coast of Louisiana has ended. The two-week U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearing concluded Aug. 13 with testimony from two survivors, family of …