NTSB News

Federal Safety Rules Should Extend to Railroad Track Workers

An investigation into last year’s spike in the number of deaths among track workers has concluded that some federal workplace safety standards should be extended to railroads. A report approved Wednesday at a meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board …

NTSB Statistics Reveal General Aviation Accidents Decreased in 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics last week, which show an overall decline in the number of US registered civil aviation accidents. The number of civil aviation accidents fell from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in …

Broken Rail Blamed in 2012 Ohio Train Derailment

A broken rail was cited as the “probable cause” of a 2012 train derailment and explosion that damaged a bus depot and led to home evacuations in Ohio’s capital, according to federal investigators. The report adopted this week by the …

Nevada Jury Awards $16M to Copter Crash Victims’ Families

A Nevada jury has awarded $16 million to the families of four passengers who were killed in a December 2011 helicopter crash near Lake Mead. The jurors ruled Friday against Sundance Helicopters Inc. in a wrongful death case filed by …

Missouri Mother of Two Sues Plane Companies Their Deaths

The mother of two children killed in a 2012 plane crash in southwest Missouri alleges in a lawsuit that eight companies’ negligence contributed to the crash. Georgia Marshall, of Springfield, filed the lawsuit this week in the September 2012 crash …

Report Blames Pilot for 2011 Hawaii Helicopter Crash

The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday. Pilot Nathan …

Cause of 2011 Hawaii Copter Crash to be Released Soon

The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release next week a probable cause for a 2011 Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard. Pilot Nathan Cline, newlyweds Michael and Nicole Abel of Pittsburgh and Canadian couple Stuart Robertson …

NTSB Finds Washington Bridge Collapse Was Due to Systematic Errors

Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year’s Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the …

No Injuries in Virginia Train Derailment

No injuries or hazardous spills have been reported after 14 Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad cars carrying automobiles and fingernail polish derailed Monday night in southwestern Virginia, a county spokesman said. Wythe County public information officer Jeremy T.K. Farley said in …

Pilot of Plane That Crashed in Louisiana Had Drugs in His System

Federal authorities have released a report on the July 2013 plane crash near Oak Ridge that killed the pilot and instructor on board. KNOE-TV reports that the National Transportation Safety Board finds drugs may have played a role in the …