NTSB News

NTSB Says Virgina Galactic Spaceship Crash Caused by Human Error

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of a braking …

NTSB Calls for Black Boxes, Safety Improvements for Motorcoaches

Motorcoach interiors should be designed with improved flammability requirements and better emergency exits, and event data recorders should  be installed on commercial trucks and motorcoaches, according to recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board. The recommendations resulted from the investigation …

Feds Propose More Safety Valves for Gas Lines

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on gas lines across the U.S. after deadly fires and explosions going back decades that could have been avoided. The Transportation Department proposal …

NTSB Calls for Collision Avoidance Systems to be Standard on All Vehicles

In a report released last week, the National Transportation Safety Board outlined the life-saving benefits of currently available collision avoidance systems, and recommended that the technology become standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles. “You don’t pay extra for …

FAA Says No Way to Thwart Pilot Sabotage

More than a year after the Malaysia Air disappearance raised questions about pilot sabotage, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confided to investigators it has found no legal or technologically feasible way to make cockpit electronics impervious to tampering. The finding …

Oil Refiners Say Fed Train Safety Plan Not Feasible

The leading voice for the refining sector on Thursday said it was not realistic for U.S. regulators to expect existing oil train tankers to be retired within five years, and sought a meeting with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). …

‘Urgent’ Recommendations Issued by NTSB to Boost Oil Train Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday called for the faster replacement of rail cars that carry flammable liquids like crude oil or ethanol, one of four urgent recommendations stemming from an investigation of recent derailments. The NTSB is seeking …

“Selfies” Likely Cause of Fatal Small Plane Crash Near Denver

Federal investigators say “selfies” were a likely factor in a small plane crash near Denver, Colo., last year that killed two people. The National Transportation Safety Board said recordings from a GoPro camera found near the wreckage show the pilot …

NTSB Reports Systemic Flaws in Gas Pipeline Safety Oversight

Three powerful accidents in recent years show systemic weaknesses in how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Wednesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. The National Transportation Safety Board said …

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 …