National Transportation Safety Board News

NTSB: Failure to Fix Unsafe Mississippi Rail Crossing Caused Fatal Bus Crash

A train crash into a tour bus that killed four in Mississippi last year stemmed from the railroad and the city failing to improve an unsafe rail crossing, federal safety regulators concluded Tuesday. The March 2017 crash also injured 38 …

Feds Examining Electronic Devices as Missouri Duck Boat Inquiry Continues

Federal officials are reviewing cellphones, a camera and a recording device found with a duck boat that sank in a storm last month in southern Missouri, as part of investigations into the disaster that killed 17 people. The National Transportation …

Police Say Pilot’s Body Found, Raising Virginia Helicopter Crash Toll to Two

An official from the National Transportation Safety Board says emergency responders have recovered the body of the pilot of a small helicopter that crashed into a Virginia condominium. NTSB Air Safety Investigator Doug Brazy said Monday at a news conference …

Amtrak Rail Cars in Fatal Washington Crash Had Safety Waiver

The passenger rail cars on an Amtrak train that derailed near Seattle, Wash. last December, killing three people, were allowed by federal regulators to stay in service even though they didn’t meet current crash-protection standards, federal investigators said Tuesday. The …

Families of Pilots File Wrongful Death Suit in 2016 Arizona Helicopter Crash

The families of two pilots who died in a 2016 helicopter crash in western Arizona have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the California-based manufacturer of the aircraft. The suit filed last Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges …

Safety Agency to Watch Tesla Car Fire Exam Following California Incident

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a technical specialist to observe Tesla Inc.’s examination of a Model S that caught fire in California on Friday, the agency said in a statement. The action is not a formal probe of …

Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Crash Suit by Helicopter Pilot

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed. Justices ruled 6-2 that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood against the …

Report Says Rain Washout May Have Caused Virginia Train Derailment

A federal report says a train derailment last month near Washington appears to have been caused by heavy rains washing out the rocks supporting the track. WTOP-FM cites a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report provided Monday on the freight …

Southwest Crew Detail Engine Explosion Causing Emergency Philadelphia Landing

The flight crew on the Southwest Airlines jet that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded described the harrowing experience in their first joint interview on Wednesday. Capt. Tammie Jo Shults called her first …

Tesla With Autopilot in Utah Collides with Truck Stopped at Light

A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has rear-ended a fire department truck at 60 mph apparently without braking before impact, but police say it’s unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of tevening crash, involving a …