National Transportation Safety Board News

Tesla to Face Fresh Autopilot Scrutiny After Company Snubs NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday will convene its second hearing on a fatal crash involving Tesla Inc.’s automated driver-assist technology even though the pioneering automaker hasn’t filed formal responses to recommendations stemming from the first one more than …

Alaska Needs Broad Review of Aviation Safety, Officials Say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its aviation fatal and non fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB issued a …

Boeing, Crash Victims’ Lawyers Negotiate Over Access to 737 Max Documents

Boeing Co and lawyers representing families of victims of a 737 MAX crash agreed in court on Wednesday to hold a conference call with U.S. government crash probe authorities over access to documents related to the now-grounded aircraft’s design, development …

Tesla’s Autopilot in Spotlight in New NTSB Reports on Crashes

A Tesla Inc. vehicle that slammed into a California highway barrier in 2018 with its automated driver-assist function engaged, killing the driver, had steered toward the same spot repeatedly during earlier trips, investigators reported Tuesday. The situation occurred four days …

Embraer Malfunction Reminiscent of 737 Max Issue Being Probed

Pilots on a Republic Airways Services Inc. flight leaving Atlanta in November lost the ability to raise and lower their Embraer SA EMB-175’s nose, a failure reminiscent to what helped lead to the two 737 Max crashes, investigators said on …

Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Lacked Terrain Warning Device, NTSB Says

The helicopter ferrying basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight others that slammed into a hillside near Los Angeles Sunday wasn’t equipped with a device designed to warn pilots when they’re in danger of hitting rising terrain. Investigators cautioned they weren’t …

Pilot of Bryant Helicopter Tried to Avoid Heavy Fog

CALABASAS, Calif. — A veteran pilot who plunged into a Los Angeles-area hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, had tried to avoid fog so heavy that it had grounded police choppers, authorities said. But even experienced pilots may have …

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 …