National Transportation Safety Board News

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 …

NTSB Says Pilot Reported Ice Buildup Before Crash of Small Plane in Pennsylvania

Investigators say the pilot of a small plane had reported ice buildup on his aircraft and asked to divert to a nearby airport shortly before the crash that killed him and his passenger last week in Pennsylvania. A preliminary report …

New Defendants Added to NYC Helicopter Crash Lawsuit

The family of one of the victims of a deadly New York City helicopter crash has added several new defendants to its lawsuit following the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report. The amended complaint filed Wednesday claims Airbus Helicopters and …

New York Copter Straps That Trapped Riders May Have Also Cut Fuel

The pilot of the photo-tour helicopter that crash-landed in New York’s East River this month said a safety tether designed to keep passengers inside the open-door flight may have accidentally shut off the craft’s fuel, causing it to lose power. …

Fatal Copter Tour Flew Under Looser Rules of Crop-Dusters

The open-door helicopter tour in which five people died in a crash landing in the East River off Manhattan on Sunday was operating under safety restrictions reserved for photography flights that are looser than those for commercial air-tour rides. Federal …

NTSB: Drugs, Phone Use May Have Caused 2015 Arkansas Rail Yard Death

The National Transportation Safety Board says it found several safety issues during its investigation of a 2015 rail yard death at a Pine Bluff packaging plant. The agency says it found illicit drug use by employees, inappropriate use of cellphones …