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NTSB Says Bad Decisions Likely Caused Deadly Plane Crash

The pilot of a light plane that crashed into a forested cliff face shrouded in clouds and mist wasn’t certified to fly in the poor weather conditions and didn’t heed another pilot’s advice to drive instead of fly across eastern …

Final San Francisco Plane Crash Suit Settled

A California dentist who was aboard an Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco four years ago – killing three girls and injuring roughly 200 others – reached a settlement Thursday with the airline, ending what her attorney 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 …

Texas Hot Air Balloon Pilot on More Than 10 Meds Before Fatal Flight

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas in July, killing 16 people, was taking medications that should have precluded him from flying, medical experts testified at a federal hearing on Friday. Experts also testified that Alfred …

NTSB Says Virgina Galactic Spaceship Crash Caused by Human Error

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of a braking …

Pilot Error Blamed in Fatal Connecticut Plane Crash

Federal investigators say pilot error in windy conditions caused a plane to crash into two Connecticut houses last year, killing four people. The National Transportation Safety Board report last month says former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard, of Medina, Washington, caused …

Pilot Error, Fatigue Caused Deadly Georgia Jet Crash

Federal investigators say a pilot failed to follow procedures during landing, and that fatigue from lack of sleep contributed to a fiery jet crash that killed a Georgia vascular surgeon and four colleagues from a vein care practice. In a …

Pilot in Deadly Texas Plane Crash Not Certified for Bad Weather

Investigators say the pilot who died in a 2013 Texas Panhandle crash during heavy fog was not certified to fly in such weather. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the crash that killed pilot William …

Boeing’s Automation Eyed in Asiana Crash Investigation

U.S. investigators are debating whether to blame a Boeing Co. jetliner’s design for helping cause a cascade of pilot mistakes in last year’s Asiana Airlines Inc. crash that killed three Chinese teenagers. The sticking point within the U.S. National Transportation …

Asiana Crash Pilot Set Throttles He Didn’t Understand to Idle

An Asiana Airlines Inc. pilot nervous about making a manual landing in San Francisco inadvertently disabled a speed-control system before the plane crashed on July 6, newly released documents show. Captain Lee Kang Kuk, a veteran pilot with Seoul-based Asiana …