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Battery Defect Likely Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

A short circuit likely due to a manufacturing defect in a Boeing 787 airliner battery caused a fire last year that grounded the planes for more than three months, federal accident investigators said Monday. They also faulted the plane’s maker …

Metro-North Changes Considered After Accidents

Federal regulators studying a deadly New York derailment are considering proposals and recommendations following five accidents related to the Metro-North Railroad. The National Transportation Safety Board met Wednesday in Washington. One of the accidents was a Dec. 1 derailment that …

Drones Subject to Federal Aircraft Regulations

The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety …

Drone Flights Over Sporting Events Subject to FAA Rules Per NTSB

The U.S. government’s ability to regulate drones was upheld today by a federal safety board, which overturned a judge’s decision that aviation regulations don’t apply to small unmanned aircraft. The National Transportation Safety Board, which decides appeals of aviation enforcement …

Spaceship Breakup Freed Pilot

The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot who survived the breakup of a Virgin Galactic spaceship was unaware his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the craft’s re-entry braking system, then was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft. The investigation update …

Pilot Error Blamed in Fatal Connecticut Plane Crash

Federal investigators say pilot error in windy conditions caused a plane to crash into two Connecticut houses last year, killing four people. The National Transportation Safety Board report last month says former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard, of Medina, Washington, caused …

Arkansas Sightseeing Train Collision Caused Almost $180K in Damages

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a train collision in northwest Arkansas that left dozens of people with minor injuries. The collision happened Oct. 16 when an Arkansas & Missouri Railroad locomotive struck a passenger …

Pilot Decision to Fly in Bad Weather Caused Alaska Helicopter Crash

A fatal Alaska State Troopers helicopter crash was caused by the pilot’s decision to fly into bad weather and the agency’s inadequate safety management, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Wednesday. Pilot Mel Nading, 55, Trooper Tage Toll, 40, and …

NTSB Says Key Function of Crashed Spacecraft Deployed Early

An investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship has found that a function to help the craft descend into the atmosphere was deployed early, a federal safety official said on Sunday, adding pilot error could not be …

Houston Bus Owner Gets Probation in 2008 Crash That Killed 17

The owner of a Houston bus company who was charged after a 2008 crash that killed 17 passengers on their way to a religious retreat has avoided prison after a federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation in …