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NTSB: Pilot in 2016 Balloon Crash Was as Impaired as a Drunk Driver

The pilot in the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history was likely impaired by opioids and sedatives when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tuesday. Besides Valium and oxycodone, there …

NTSB Says Tesla Automation Contributed to 2016 Fatal Florida Crash

Tesla Inc.’s design of its Autopilot system contributed to a 2016 fatal crash in Florida, federal accident investigators concluded as they recommended all automakers prevent autonomous driving systems from being used on roads for which they are not designed. The …

American Flight Highlights Hazards Posed by Turbulence

At some point during many flights, the captain will calmly announce that there could be some bumps ahead and so passengers must be seated with their seatbelts on. The plane might seem to bobble or bounce a bit, but rarely …

Coast Guard Hearing Focuses on Deadly Crab Boat Sinking

A hearing into what caused a Seattle, Wash., crab boat with six people aboard to sink in the Bering Sea will focus on weather and human factors, as well as the stability of the fishing vessel before it went missing …

NTSB Probe Zeros in on Father-Son Team in Minnesota Gas Blast

Federal investigators said Friday they are looking into the oversight of a father-son team that was conducting the “hazardous operation” of moving a gas meter at a Minneapolis school when a natural gas explosion caused part of a building to …

NTSB Says More Speed Cameras Needed to Cut Road Deaths

A U.S. safety watchdog called for broader use of traffic cameras to catch speeding drivers, as it said driving too fast is an under-reported cause of traffic fatalities. Inconsistent reporting by law enforcement causes the factor to go under-reported, according …

New Video Found of 2013 Asiana Crash at California Airport

A video has surfaced showing the fiery 2013 crash of a commercial airliner on approach at San Francisco International Airport and a rescue response to the incident that killed three passengers and injured 200 other people. Investigators previously released a …

Speeding Amtrak Engineer Charged in 2015 Deadly Crash

The state’s top prosecutor on Friday charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in a deadly 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve. Prosecutors said …

2015 Fatal Alaska Crash Blamed on Pilot, Company Culture

Pilot error, an air company’s culture and its lack of a formal safety program were behind a fatal crash that killed nine people two years ago on sightseeing flight in Alaska, the National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday. A pilot …

Investigators Collect Phone Data From Pickup Driver in Texas Crash

A federal investigator said Monday that her agency has collected cellphone records from a pickup driver who a witness said admitted to being distracted by texting before he collided with a church bus killing 13 people. National Transportation Safety Board …