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NTSB issues report in Arizona plane crash that killed pilot

Jan. 15, 2020 4:55 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Decreasing visibility may have been a factor in the fiery crash of a small plane last month in Arizona thatt killed the only person aboard, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board issued Wednesday. A rancher found the wreckage in a rural area of eastern...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cutter William Hart moves toward the Na Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on the day after a tour helicopter disappeared with seven people aboard. A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet (6 meters) at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Lt. j.g. Daniel Winter/U.S. Coast Guard via AP, File)

Report: Visibility low when Hawaii tour helicopter crashed

Jan. 15, 2020 4:14 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet (6 meters) at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday. The...

Four bodies recovered from small-plane crash in Montana ID'd

Jan. 14, 2020 11:32 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities said Monday that four men from Billings died in a small-plane crash over the weekend in southern Montana. The coroner identified the pilot as David Healow, 69, and his passengers as Rusty Jungels, 36, Mikel Peterson, 35 and Raymond Rumbold, 32, Yellowstone County Sheriff...

This image taken from a video on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020 shows a light in the sky which appears to show the Ukrainian jetliner plane on fire and crashing into ground. Western leaders have said the plane appeared to have been unintentionally hit by a surface-to-air missile near Tehran, just hours after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at two US bases in Iraq to avenge the killing of its top general in an American airstrike last week. Iran on Friday Jan. 10, 2020, denied the allegations. (UGC via AP)

US experts concerned about Iran's handling of crash probe

Jan. 10, 2020 11:19 PM EST

U.S. and Canadian accident investigators are uncertain how much access they will get to the site of a Ukrainian passenger jet crash in Iran, and there were fears Friday that the probe might already be compromised by the removal of wreckage. The U.S. and its allies alleged earlier this week that the American-built...

2 New Yorkers aboard helicopter die in Pennsylvania crash

Jan. 10, 2020 11:31 AM EST

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two upstate New York business men aboard a helicopter were killed when the aircraft crashed in a Pennsylvania backyard, authorities said. No one on the ground was injured in the Thursday night crash, Cumberland County spokesman John Bruetsch told news outlets. The helicopter's...

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim of a Ukrainian plane crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranians shot down airliner, Western leaders declare

Jan. 9, 2020 9:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It is “highly likely” that Iran shot down the civilian Ukrainian jetliner that crashed near Tehran late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board, U.S., Canadian and British officials declared Thursday. They said the fiery missile strike could well have been a mistake amid...

Mourners place candles and photographs outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, during a vigil for those killed after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed, killing at least 63 Canadians, just minutes after taking off from Iran's capital. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Iran invites US agency to help with crash probe

Jan. 9, 2020 8:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Iran-related developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Iran has invited the U.S. accident-investigating agency to take part in the probe of this week’s crash of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran. The National Transportation Safety Board said late Thursday that it would...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo,  U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announces new voluntary safety guidelines for self-driving cars during a visit to an autonomous vehicle testing facility at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The Trump administration announced its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers, continuing to rely on the industry to police itself despite calls for specific regulations.  Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying in prepared remarks that “AV 4.0” will ensure U.S. leadership in developing new technologies.(Hunter Dyke/The Ann Arbor News via AP, File)

New US plan keeps autonomous vehicle standards voluntary

Jan. 8, 2020 5:23 PM EST

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers that rely on voluntary standards despite calls for specific regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying...

Officials ID 3 killed in November plane crash near Vegas

Jan. 8, 2020 12:27 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three people killed in a fiery small plane crash in a remote area near Las Vegas in November were a retired air traffic controller, his wife and mother-in-law, authorities said Wednesday. Gregory Steven Akers, 60, Valeriya Slyzko, 48, and her mother, Nina Morozova, 71, died of multiple...

A view of the burnt wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the parking lot of a post office is shown, at left, in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Several people died in the crash. (Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)

NTSB: Witness saw Louisiana plane level out before crash

Jan. 7, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A witness said a plane that crashed in south Louisiana had leveled out its wings before it hit trees and transmission lines and crashed in a fiery heap, according to a preliminary investigation issued Tuesday by federal investigators. The report by the National Transportation Safety...