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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, …

Minnesota Helicopter Crash Cause Unknown

The National Transportation Safety Board is unable to determine why a helicopter crashed in a St. Paul, Minn., suburb last June, killing the pilot. Michael Kramer of St. Charles was spraying for mosquitoes in the area when the helicopter he …

NTSB Holds Cruise Ship Safety Hearing

The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a two-day hearing on passenger safety and emergency response aboard cruise ships. The NTSB hearing opened Tuesday in Washington with remarks from the Coast Guard and panels on regulation of cruise ships, accident …

Gas Pipe Leak Found Near New York City Building Blast

Federal safety investigators found a leak on a natural gas pipeline next to a New York City building destroyed in a fatal explosion last week. The 8-inch main pipeline, parts of which are 120-years old, failed a pressure test, the …

Oil Rail Tanker Cars Deemed ‘Unacceptable’ By NTSB

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region are an “unacceptable public risk,” and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said …

NTSB Releases Alaska State Trooper Helicopter Crash Documents

The National Transportation Safety Board has released interviews and other information collected as part of its investigation into the fatal crash of an Alaska State Trooper helicopter known as Helo-1. The approximately 2,000 pages of documents released Monday draws no …

Low Airspeed Blamed for 2012 Crash in Oregon

The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane crash that killed four people near Veneta, Ore., in 2012 was likely caused by the pilot’s failure to achieve adequate airspeed and altitude to clear trees shortly after takeoff. The probable cause …

Bus Safety Hazards Found Overlooked by U.S. Until Deaths

U.S. bus regulators are overlooking or not catching serious safety hazards before fatal crashes and need to change their auditing practices, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration repeatedly has known about deficiencies before …

NTSB Faults Parade Plans in Fatal Texas Train Collision

The lack of safety planning by parade organizers and the city of Midland, Texas, was faulted by federal investigators Tuesday in an accident last year in which a freight train rammed a tractor-trailer truck towing a parade float with veterans …