National Transportation Safety Board News

How Cracks in Jet Engines Elude Exams, With Deadly Results

As regulators around the world order urgent inspections of certain Boeing Co. 777 engines after one failed dramatically over suburban Denver last Saturday, they must also wrestle with a decades-old quandary: The complex technology necessary to find cracks buried within …

‘I Thought We Were Done’: Parts Fall From Sky in Plane Scare

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — David Delucia was settling back into his airplane seat and starting to relax on his way to a long-awaited vacation when a huge explosion and flash of light interrupted an in-flight announcement and put him in …

Kobe Bryant Pilot Failed to Follow Training in Fatal Crash

The charter pilot who was flying basketball star Kobe Bryant last year failed to follow his training and kept going despite deteriorating weather only to become disoriented in clouds and crash the helicopter, killing all aboard, investigators said Tuesday. Pilot …

Bus Heading to Grand Canyon Rolls Over; One Dead, Two Critical

PHOENIX (AP) — A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one person and critically injuring two others, authorities said. The cause of the wreck around noon Friday was not …

Safety Board: More Guidance Needed to Protect Firefighters From Electric Vehicle Fires

Electric vehicle manufacturers should provide more specific information to first responders and tow truck drivers on how to cope with lithium-ion battery fires, which continuously reignite even after being doused with water, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a …

Transportation Dept. Announces Railroads, Transit Systems Meet Key Safety Deadline

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Transportation Department announced Tuesday that anti-derailment technology positive train control, or PTC, is in operation on all required railroad route miles ahead of a Dec. 31 deadline set by Congress. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has …

NTSB: Safety Processes Failed in Crash That Killed 7 Bikers

Systems meant to keep motorists safe failed to prevent a pickup driver on drugs from crashing last year into an oncoming group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, leading to the death of seven bikers, the National Transportation Safety Board found …

NTSB Release Details in Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists

The pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last year told authorities he had drug problem, regularly used heroin and cocaine but believed he was not impaired at the time of the crash. …

NTSB to Vote on Probable Cause of Fatal California Boat Fire

LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is …

NTSB Urged to Send Staffer to Prominent Attorney Crash Site

CORFU, N.Y. — Two members of Congress from New York called on the National Transportation Safety Board to reverse its decision not to send an investigator to the scene of a small plane crash that killed a prominent attorney and …