National Transportation Safety Board News

Lawmakers, Governor Announce Deal on Limo Safety Regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. — Political leaders in New York have reached an agreement to pass new limousine safety bills inspired by deadly crashes in 2015 and 2018, officials said Tuesday. The proposals target unsafe limos and lax regulations, said Senate Majority …

Tesla Crashes Highlight ‘Black Box’ Challenge for Investigations

Two collisions involving Tesla Inc. vehicles left three people dead on Sunday and police in Indiana and California are still trying to answer an unfamiliar question: who, or what, was in control at the time of the crash? A Tesla …

Poor Condition of Wreckage Will Slow Plane Crash Probe

The lack of a distress call and flight data recorder coupled with mangled and charred wreckage will make finding the cause of a fiery airplane crash in Louisiana extremely challenging, federal officials said Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman …

Pilot in Fatal Atlas Crash Had Repeated Flight-Test Failures

A pilot on a jet carrying Amazon.com Inc. packages that crashed near Houston in February had a record of repeatedly flunking flight tests and may have become disoriented in clouds, according to newly released documents. The pilot mistakenly thought the …

Teen Tesla Driver’s 100 MPH-Plus Speed Cited in Deadly Crash

A speeding teenage driver caused the fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. vehicle in Florida in 2018 and the subsequent fire in the electric car’s battery contributed to the severity of his injuries, a federal investigation concluded. The 18-year-old man, …

NYC Helicopter Ride Sparked Safety Concern Months Before Fatal Crash

A government safety inspector who saw a popular New York City, doors-off sightseeing helicopter flight operation six months before a fatal 2018 crash called it “unorthodox,” but officials thought they had no authority to regulate it and allowed it to …

Tesla on Autopilot Rear-Ends Parked Police Car in Connecticut

Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the carmaker’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads. A Tesla …

Fatal Self-Driving Uber Crash Prompts Call for Tighter Oversight

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded its first investigation of a fatal crash involving an autonomous test vehicle by issuing several recommendations aimed at tightening the limited oversight of companies that test self-driving cars on public roads. Among other things, …

Boeing Says It’s Fixing 737 NG Part NTSB Wants Redesigned

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that the Boeing Co. 737 NG be redesigned to prevent a repeat of a fatal accident last year in which an engine part broke off in flight, killing a passenger. More than …

NTSB: Coast Guard Ignored Duck Boat Safety Proposals

ST. LOUIS — Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year’s Missouri accident that killed 17 people. The …