National Transportation Safety Board News

No Emergency Training for Crew on Boat Where Fire Killed 34

LOS ANGELES — Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the Southern California coast, killing 34 people as they slept …

NTSB Says Boeing 737 MAX Safety Upgrades Are ‘Positive Progress’

CHICAGO/SEATTLE/WASHINGTON — The U.S. air accident investigator said on Thursday that proposed safety upgrades in the Boeing Co 737 MAX jet were “positive progress” toward meeting cockpit and systems recommendations it made after faulting Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration …

Uber Expands Self-Driving Safety Report After NTSB Slams Culture

Uber Technologies Inc. vowed to make public more safety information regarding its self-driving cars after the National Transportation Safety Board placed partial blame for a fatal 2018 crash on the company’s policies. The company made the pledge in an update …

Details Released in Crash of Plane Carrying Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open a crashed airplane’s wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door, …

Safety Board Cites Cockpit Crew Failures in Atlas Air Fatal Crash

WASHINGTON — The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cited cockpit mistakes by the first officer and pilot in a February 2019 fatal crash of an Atlas Air cargo plane. The Atlas Air Boeing 767 jet transporting cargo for Amazon.com …

German Court Bans Tesla Ad Statements Related to Autonomous Driving

FRANKFURT — Germany has banned Tesla from repeating what a court says are misleading advertising statements relating to the capabilities of the firm’s driver assistance systems and to autonomous driving, a Munich judge ruled on Tuesday. Tesla can appeal the …

Report of Drone Strike on News Chopper Reveals Other Incidents

A small drone was almost certainly the object that damaged a news helicopter flying over Los Angeles last year, and the remote-controlled devices are suspected in two other mid-air impacts with aircraft, according to U.S. investigators. A KABC-TV chopper was …

Lawsuit Filed Against Charter Firm Over Fatal Crash of WWII-Era Plane

A lawsuit has been filed against the owners and operators of a World War II-era airplane that crashed at a Connecticut airport last October, killing seven people. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state Superior Court by survivors of the crash …

U.S. Safety Board Says Current Air Cargo Safety Rules for Lithium Batteries Pose Danger

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Monday urged strengthening air cargo shipping requirements for prototype and low-production lithium-ion batteries after a 2016 FedEx delivery truck fire in Canada. NTSB official Robert J. Hall said existing rules pose a …

U.S. Board Urges Helicopter Manufacturers to Add Crash-Data Recorders

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday urged six major manufacturers to equip turbine-powered helicopters with crash-resistant systems to record data, audio and images, after former NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others were killed in a helicopter crash …