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FAA: Small plane crashes in Louisiana while spraying crops

Jan. 19, 2021 8:45 PM EST

A small plane that was spraying crops struck a power line and crashed Tuesday afternoon in northeastern Louisiana, officials said. One person was aboard the single-engine Air Tractor AT8T when it crashed near Tallulah, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. Officials did not...

Investigators from Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) inspect debris found in the waters around the location where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed, at the search and rescue command center at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

US NTSB team arrives in Indonesia to look into jet crash

Jan. 16, 2021 3:28 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has arrived in Indonesia's capital to join the investigation into the crash of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said Saturday. The team also comprises...

Scott Booth, a former pilot for Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, at his parents' home in Long Beach, Calif., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Booth was piloting a Papillon tour helicopter when the aircraft crashed, killing five of the six passengers. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Deadly Grand Canyon copter crash likely caused by wind

Jan. 14, 2021 7:22 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in the Grand Canyon in 2018, killing five British tourists, told investigators that he wasn't able to control the aircraft after a “violent gust of wind” sent it spinning, according to a new report. The National Transportation...

This undated photo provided by National Transportation Safety Board, The Orange County Fire Authority battles a fire on a burning vehicle inside a garage in Orange County, Calif.  When firefighters removed the SUV from the garage to assess the fire , they identified the fuel source as the SUV’s high-voltage battery pack.  U.S. safety investigators say electric vehicle fires pose risks to first responders, and manufacturers have inadequate guidelines to keep them safe. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

NTSB says vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders

Jan. 13, 2021 4:06 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicle fires pose safety risks to first responders and guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been inadequate, according to U.S. investigators. There are also gaps in industry safety standards and research on high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires,...

Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) investigators walk near debris found in the waters around the location where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed, at the search and rescue command center at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Divers looking for the crashed plane's cockpit voice recorder were searching in mud and plane debris on the seabed between Indonesian islands Wednesday to retrieve information key to learning why the Sriwijaya Air jet nosedived into the water over the weekend. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesian searchers hunt for crashed plane's voice recorder

Jan. 13, 2021 1:28 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Divers searching for a crashed jet's cockpit voice recorder were sifting through mud and plane debris on the seabed between Indonesian islands on Wednesday to retrieve information key to learning why the Sriwijaya Air jet nosedived into the Java Sea over the weekend. Indonesian...

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2018, file photo shows the home where Linda “Michellita” Rogers, 12, died in a gas explosion in Dallas, several days earlier. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, National Transportation Safety Board officials said a natural gas explosion at the home came after an energy company failed to find a damaged line despite two nearby homes being destroyed in gas-related fires on the two previous days. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

Deadly Dallas house explosion 'could have been prevented'

Jan. 12, 2021 7:42 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A natural gas explosion at a Dallas home that killed a 12-year-old girl came after an energy company failed to find a damaged line despite two nearby homes being destroyed in gas-related fires on the two previous days, federal officials said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board...

In this image made from undated video released by Indonesian Navy (TNI AL), divers is seen recovering debris strewn on the sea floor in Java Sea where Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed, in Indonesia. The search for the black boxes of a crashed Sriwijaya Air jet intensified Monday to boost the investigation into what caused the plane carrying 62 people to nosedive at high velocity into the Java Sea. (Indonesian Navy via AP)

Indonesia navy divers hunt for crashed plane's black boxes

Jan. 11, 2021 6:41 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy divers scoured the floor of the Java Sea on Monday as they hunted for the black boxes of a Sriwijaya Air jet that nosedived into the water over the weekend with 62 people aboard. The Boeing 737-500 jet disappeared minutes after taking off from Jakarta,...

NTSB seeks flight instructor monitoring after deadly crash

Jan. 7, 2021 7:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal safety investigators said Thursday that the pilot of a skydiving plane that crashed in 2019, killing all 11 people on board, had not received training to become a competent pilot. The National Transportation Safety Board, in response to these findings, called on the Federal...

NTSB to join probe of California highway crash that killed 9

Jan. 6, 2021 11:25 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is joining the investigation of a head-on crash that killed seven children and two adults on a California highway on New Year's Day. The NTSB said Tuesday it will work with the California Highway Patrol in the investigation of the crash...

An N train moves through the Long Island City neighborhood Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Major rail safety technology installed before deadline

Dec. 29, 2020 5:50 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The railroad industry has installed an automatic braking system on nearly 58,000 miles of track where it is required ahead of a yearend deadline, federal regulators said Tuesday. Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald Batory said railroads worked together over the past 12 years to...