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Report: Key design flaws in bridge that had deadly collapse

Nov. 15, 2018 5:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Designers overestimated the strength of a critical section of a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed, killing six people, and they underestimated the load on that same section, federal investigators reported Thursday. Cracks that were observed in the bridge before...

Newlyweds' helicopter crashed into hillside, report says

Nov. 15, 2018 2:23 PM EST

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A helicopter that crashed shortly after leaving a Texas wedding reception, killing the bride and groom and a pilot, had collided with a steep hillside near the ranch where the nuptials were held. That's according to a preliminary report released earlier this week by the National...

Hearing reveals chilling details of fatal Southwest flight

Nov. 14, 2018 11:15 PM EST

There was a loud bang, and suddenly the Southwest Airlines jet rolled sharply to the left. Smoke began to fill the cabin, and flight attendants rushed row by row to make sure all passengers could get oxygen from their masks. When flight attendant Rachel Fernheimer got to row 14, she saw a woman strapped in her...

The Latest: Dead identified in bus crash near Memphis

Nov. 14, 2018 11:09 PM EST

The Latest on the winter storm hitting parts of the South (all times local): 6 p.m. A Mississippi official is identifying two women killed in a tour bus crash on an icy road near Memphis, Tennessee. DeSoto County Coroner Joshua Pounders says the dead are 70-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin,...

The Latest: Hearing on fatal Southwest Air flight concludes

Nov. 14, 2018 3:53 PM EST

The Latest on a National Transportation Safety Board hearing and documents released on an investigation into a fatal engine failure on a Southwest flight (all times local): 3:50 p.m. An investigative hearing into a broken fan blade that led to a fatal engine failure on a Southwest flight has concluded. The...

The Latest: Helicopter crashed 5 to 10 minutes after takeoff

Nov. 5, 2018 4:23 PM EST

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a Texas helicopter crash that killed three people (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A federal official says a helicopter carrying a young couple who were married just hours earlier crashed into a rocky hillside five to 10 minutes after takeoff from a Texas ranch. Craig Hatch,...

Divers recover jet flight recorder from Indonesia seafloor

Nov. 1, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Divers in Indonesia recovered one of the crashed Lion Air jet's flight recorders from the seafloor on Thursday, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the 2-month-old plane to plunge into the ocean earlier this week, killing 189 people. Relatives, meanwhile,...

The Latest: NTSB sending team to Indiana crash site

Oct. 30, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on three schoolchildren being struck and killed by a pickup truck in northern Indiana (all times local): 7:50 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sending a team of investigators to the scene where a pickup truck struck and killed three young siblings as...

Officials: Plane broke apart before Long Island fatal crash

Oct. 25, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal transportation officials say a plane that crashed off Long Island earlier this month, killing all three people aboard, had broken up before hitting the water. Newsday reports the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report says the twin-engine Piper PA-34 "was...

Schumer: Progress made for investigators to get limo access

Oct. 19, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says progress is being made getting federal safety investigators fuller access to the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people two weeks ago. Schumer told reporters in Utica a National Transportation Safety Board representative was given "limited...