NTSB News

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 …

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 …