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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 …

NTSB Says Rockefeller Plane Crash Due to Poor Visibility

Investigators say bad weather and poor visibility may have been factors in a New York plane crash that killed a great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. The National Transportation Safety Board’s says Saturday that Richard Rockefeller was …

NTSB Eyes Mobile Phone Use in 2013 I-5 Bridge Collapse

A safety escort ahead of the over- size truck that struck and collapsed a bridge over Interstate 5 north of Seattle last year was on the phone and didn’t radio a warning about the structure’s height, a U.S. report shows. …

NTSB Data Indicates Airplane and Wind Turbine Crashes Rare

Federal data indicate that wind turbines are not a major cause of airplane crashes, a conclusion that doesn’t surprise a leading wind energy company. A National Transportation Safety Board database lists only two crashes in which a plane struck a …

Sightseeing Plane Lost Power Before Fatal Arizona Crash

A single-engine plane on a sightseeing tour of northern Arizona experienced a loss of engine power before it crashed, killing one person, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. The pilot of the Cessna 207 had been …

Bus Crash Highlights Lagging Safety Standards

Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules. A tractor-trailer truck and a bus transporting high school students collided late Thursday …

NTSB Says New York Ferry Captain’s Error Led to 2013 Crash

A captain’s error, compounded by confusing controls and lax safety regulations, led to the January 2013 ferry crash that injured 80 people in Lower Manhattan, federal investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the ferry’s captain, Jason Reimer, …