National Transportation Safety Board News

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 …

Self-Driving Uber in Crash Wasn’t Programmed to Spot Jaywalkers

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released more …

Rate of Alaska Fatal Plane Crashes Tops National Average

JUNEAU, Alaska — The rate of fatal airplane crashes in Alaska is higher than the national average, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB has preliminary reports for 10 fatal plane wrecks in Alaska for the 2019 calendar …

Head of International 737 Max Review, Ntsb Chair to Testify Before Senate

WASHINGTON — The chair of a panel of international regulators that harshly criticized the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification of the now grounded Boeing 737 MAX will testify Tuesday before a Senate committee. Christopher Hart, a former National Transportation Safety Board …

NHTSA to Evaluate Tesla Battery Flaw Cover-Up Claim

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s received a petition calling for an investigation of certain Tesla Inc. electric cars and is evaluating the complaint, according to a notice posted on regulator’s website. The petition, filed by a law …