Latest National Transportation Safety Board News

Senator urges federal agencies to wrap up duck boat probes

Jul. 19, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says everyone affected by last year's duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake near Branson "deserves answers," and he is urging federal agencies to wrap up their investigations. The Republican senator released a statement on Friday marking the one-year...

Company behind Oahu plane crash did not have proper permits

Jul. 11, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii skydiving company that was operating a plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month did not have the proper permits, according to documents released by the state Wednesday. The documents show Oahu Parachute Center was "not in good standing" with the Department of Commerce...

NTSB: Pilot had engine problems before fatal grain bin crash

Jul. 11, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

BUTLER, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot killed when his small plane crashed into a western Missouri grain bin had experienced engine problems. The National Transportation Safety Board said in its preliminary report that 80-year-old John McConnell Jr.'s right engine became stuck at full power as he...

Feds: Truck driver likely caused self-driving shuttle crash

Jul. 11, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

A collision between an experimental self-driving shuttle and a semi in downtown Las Vegas was probably the truck driver's fault, but the shuttle operator didn't have quick access to a controller that could have honked the horn or moved the autonomous vehicle, contributing to the accident, federal investigators...

Survivor describes Minnesota fatal medical helicopter crash

Jul. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

BAXTER, Minn. (AP) — A paramedic who survived a fatal medical helicopter crash in Minnesota has told investigators the pilot reported foggy conditions on approach to the airport and that they needed to go around. He then noticed the helicopter spin to the right and hit the ground. But the preliminary...

NTSB preliminary report sheds no light on plane crash cause

Jul. 10, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Federal accident investigators have issued a preliminary report on the crash of a small plane that killed all 10 people on board at a Dallas-area airport. However, the National Transportation Safety Board report issued this week offers no new insights into what caused the June 30 crash of the...

NTSB: Pilot flew too low, causing New Mexico fatal crash

Jul. 10, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A helicopter pilot apparently caused a fatal wreck last year that killed him and four other people including Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett, a report this week said. The National Transportation Safety Board said its investigation found no mechanical problems with the...

Feds say pilot disoriented before fatal 2017 Kentucky crash

Jul. 10, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pilot who died along with three passengers in a 2017 plane crash likely became disoriented in bad weather before the aircraft went down, federal investigators said. According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, pilot Scott T. Foster wasn't rated to fly...

Railroad employee working on tracks hit, killed by train

Jul. 9, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A commuter railroad worker in Philadelphia has been fatally struck by a train while doing work on the tracks. Police say it happened Monday night at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's Erie Station on the Broad Street Line. Workers with the National Transportation...

Feds: 2 skydivers joined doomed Hawaii flight at last minute

Jul. 9, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the Hawaii plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month. The NTSB's preliminary report was released Tuesday. No cause for the crash was given, which is typical for preliminary reports....