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NTSB Seeks Tamper-Proof Tracking After Deadly Year for Airlines

Airplane accident investigators in the U.S. recommended tracking equipment and black-box recorders be made tamper-proof, going far beyond the measures industry groups have supported to avoid repeats of aviation disasters like the unresolved disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370. The …

Indonesia Investigator Says No Signs of Sabotage in AirAsia Crash

Indonesia’s top accident investigator said Wednesday that there are no indications of foul play in last month’s crash of an AirAsia jetliner carrying 162 people. AirAsia Flight 8501 plunged into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 shortly after the pilots …

NTSB Says Trucking Safety Should Be a Higher Priority

Highway regulators have failed to act on more than 100 recommendations to improve truck safety at a time when fatalities have risen for four straight years, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Priorities must change in 2015, with …

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 …