National Transportation Safety Board News

Safety Probe Cites ‘Poor Safety Culture’ for Fatal Air Ambulance Crash

A lax safety culture at an air ambulance company led to the crash of a medical helicopter last year in snowy weather in Ohio that killed three people, federal investigators said Tuesday. Survival Flight’s “inadequate management of safety” led the …

NTSB: Indiana School District Shares Blame for Crash That Killed 3 Children

The National Transportation Safety Board said that a northern Indiana school district is partially to blame for a 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural highway to reach their stopped school bus. The wreck was caused by a …

NTSB Report Shows No Cause Yet of Deadly Plane Crash Near Arizona

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board doesn’t list a possible cause for a small plane crash near Payson, Ariz., that killed one person aboard and injured two others last month. The report released earlier this week says …

Five Sue Driver of Trash Truck Struck by GOP Train in 2018

Two years after a train carrying Republican members of Congress collided with a garbage truck, five passengers have filed lawsuits against the driver, trash company and train conductor. Dana Naylor Jr., 32, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter after a trial …

New York Governor Signs Limo Safety Bills Inspired by Deadly Crashes

New York’s governor signed a package of limousine safety bills Monday that was inspired by deadly crashes in 2015 and 2018. One of the bills would require that motor vehicles converted into stretch limousines by January 2021 have at least …

Kobe Bryant’s Death Throws Spotlight on Crash-Warning System

The crash that killed nine people including Kobe Bryant has led to calls for crash-warning systems to be installed in more helicopters, but regulators and pilots worry that the instrument can trigger too many alarms and prove distracting. “Another warning …

NTSB: Poor Training Led to Deadly 2017 Explosion at Minneapolis School

Federal investigators have concluded that a deadly explosion at a Minneapolis school in 2017 happened because a pipefitting crew lacked proper training and wasn’t fully authorized to move a gas meter. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Dec. …

NTSB: Coast Guard Ignored Duck Boat Safety Recommendations

Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year’s Missouri accident that killed 17 people. The National Transportation Safety …

Massachusetts Launches Investigation into Natural Gas Disaster

Massachusetts officials are opening their own investigation into last September’s Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster. More than 100 structures were damaged in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the Sept. 13, 2018, fires and explosions. One person died and dozens …

New York Limousine Crash Victims’ Relatives Call for Stronger Regulations

Relatives of some of the 20 people killed in an upstate New York stretch limousine crash urged quick action on safety legislation Thursday so other families won’t have to endure the grief they have carried for the past year. A …