NTSB News

Pennsylvania Maintenance Workers on Drugs When Killed by Train

Both maintenance workers killed by an Amtrak train near Philadelphia, Pa., last year were on drugs when the crash happened, test results show, but that doesn’t appear to have factored into safety lapses and miscommunications being blamed for their deaths. …

NTSB Issues Urgent Safety Warning for Piper Small Plane Model

The National Transportation Safety Board is urging faster action to correct unsafe wiring found in a type of small airplane that crashed in Northern California, killing all four on board the medical transport flight. The Piper PA-31T was carrying a …

Senators Urge NTSB to Review Train Conductor Sleep Apnea Tests

Five U.S. senators have called on the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct a comprehensive review of all passenger railroads’ implementation of sleep apnea testing for engineers and inward-facing cameras on trains. A letter, sent Sunday to NTSB Chairman Christopher …

New York Commuter Train Traveling Twice Speed Limit Before Crash

A packed rush hour commuter train erratically sped up and slowed down before it crashed at a rail terminal this week while traveling double the speed limit, injuring more than 100 people, federal officials said Thursday. Passengers were hurled to …

Facebook Drone Crash Caused by Wind Gusts, Wing Failure

Federal investigators say Facebook’s unmanned aircraft crashed while landing because strong winds broke a wing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said Silicon Valley-based Facebook wants a fleet of high-flying aircraft that can be deployed to send internet signals to remote parts …

2015 California Train Crash Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue

Acute fatigue and lack of familiarity with the area likely caused the driver of a work truck to turn onto train tracks where the vehicle and its trailer were struck by a Southern California commuter train, killing the engineer and …

Memory Devices Can Withstand Substantial Damage in Mass Transit Accidents

While investigating mass transit accidents, especially in air travel, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials often rely on digital clues left behind in flash memories of any and all electronic devices—both personal and professional—at a crash site. With the physical …

Tennessee School Bus Driver Declines Interview in Fatal Crash Probe

The driver in a Chattanooga, Tenn., school bus wreck that killed six children last week has declined to be interviewed by federal crash investigators on advice of his lawyer, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB has filed …

Wal-Mart Truck Driver Who Struck Tracy Morgan’s Van Pleads Guilty

The truck driver who slammed into the back of a van carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people, killing one of them, pleaded guilty Tuesday and could avoid jail time. Kevin Roper entered the plea in state Superior Court …

NTSB Advises Pilots There are Limits of ‘See-Avoid’ Plans After 2 Mid-Air Collisions

The National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday that two mid-air collisions in 2015 show the limits of “see and avoid” strategies and suggests air traffic controllers and pilots buy better cockpit technology to help avoid such deadly crashes. NTSB officials …