National Transportation Safety Board News

Ship’s Master Said He Spent 50 Hours Sleepless Before Crash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil tanker hit an offshore oil platform at night off Louisiana because its Turkish operating company didn’t give the ship’s master time to recover from days of sleepless travel, federal investigators have found. The master, …

Space Tourism’s Arrival Spurs U.S. Rules for Inevitable Mishaps

U.S. crash investigators preparing for the rapid growth in space tourism from operators such as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are formalizing the rules for investigating accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday issued proposed regulations that would create …

Tesla Driver Killed in Fiery Crash Hit 90 mph, Report Says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Tesla driver who died with a passenger in a fiery September crash near Miami accelerated to 90 mph (145 kph) in the seconds before he lost control and smashed into trees, federal investigators said …

Series of Errors Led to Fatal 2019 Airplane Crash in Alaska

The airliner headed from Anchorage to a small Alaska island didn’t stand a chance. A maintenance error had severely impaired the PenAir plane’s brakes, the pilot wasn’t qualified to land at the airport, the plane model shouldn’t have been allowed …

NTSB Head Criticizes Tesla Over Vehicle Self-Driving Feature

WASHINGTON – The head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Monday criticized electric carmaker Tesla Inc’s decision to provide new self-driving software to vehicle owners without addressing safety concerns that the agency raised after a series of fatal …

U.S. Safety Board Says Driver, Passenger Seats Occupied During Fatal Tesla Crash

WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Thursday that both the driver and passenger seats were occupied during an April 17 fatal crash of a Tesla Model S in Spring, Texas. In contrast, local police previously said …

NTSB May Ask Transit Agencies to Check Kawasaki Rail Cars

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)said on Monday the agency may issue an “urgent recommendation” telling transit agencies to inspect Kawasaki train cars to make sure they do not have wheel set assembly issues …

NTSB: Engine-Room-Only Fuel Shutoff Valves Let Fire Spread

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fuel shutoff valves outside the engine room might have stopped a fire that destroyed a shrimp boat after an explosion off Louisiana last year, federal investigators say. Other shrimpers saw the smoke and rescued all four …

Investigators Probe Deadly Amtrak Derailment in Montana

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said. The westbound Empire Builder …

NTSB: Broadcasting Only Boat Size Led to Fatal Towboat Crash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fatal head-on crash between barges pushed by two towboats in Louisiana was caused by inadequate communication and failure to broadcast their total sizes, the National Transportation Safety Board says. The RC Creppel overturned and sank …