Latest National Transportation Safety Board News

2 hurt in crash of small plane in San Diego parking lot

Sep. 24, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two people were hurt when a single-engine plane crashed in a parking lot near a small San Diego airport Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 with two people on board went down just west of Montgomery Field in the Kearny Mesa area, said Federal Aviation...

Report: Pilot might have attempted maneuver before crash

Sep. 24, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

GROTON, S.D. (AP) — A preliminary report from federal investigators into the plane crash that killed a couple in northern South Dakota indicates the pilot might have been attempting an aerobatic maneuver before it went down. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board says witnesses saw the...

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., in a Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 file photo.The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 a pilot’s inability to maintain proper airspeed and the flight crew’s decision to continue an unstable approach for landing likely caused the crash of a small plane carrying race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family in 2019.  (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)

NTSB: Pilot's actions likely caused Earnhardt plane crash

Sep. 23, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

A pilot's inability to maintain proper airspeed and the flight crew's decision to continue an unstable approach and landing likely caused the crash of a small plane carrying race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family in 2019, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday....

Report: Pilot trying to correct course when plane crashed

Sep. 23, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

CHESTER, Ark. (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane that crashed earlier this month in Arkansas told air traffic controllers that he was trying to correct his course after the aircraft got caught in some wind, a preliminary report said. All four people aboard the Cirrus SR22 died when the plane crashed in...

1 dead after small plane crashes in Georgia

Sep. 23, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane died when it crashed into a pond in Georgia, according to authorities. The single-engine Cessna 182 went down on a property near Lincolnton at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The identity of the pilot was not...

NTSB: Loose joint caused derailment that killed Texas man

Sep. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A loose, improperly fastened rail joint led to a 2017 derailment in a North Texas rail switching yard that killed a worker, the National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday. A misaligned rail joint allowed the flange of a freight car wheel to climb the rail and derail in...

Small plane crashes on farm; only minor injuries to pilot

Sep. 22, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island and federal officials are investigating why a single-engine plane lost power and crashed into farmland. Richmond police said pilot Bruce Sheets was the only occupant of the 1959 Forney Aircoupe Model F-1 and escaped with just bumps and bruises, the Westerly Sun reported. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

`Smooth travel' observed before ship capsized off Georgia

Sep. 21, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A tugboat captain who helped push the ill-fated cargo ship Golden Ray from the docks as it left a Georgia seaport said Monday he observed only “smooth travel” before the giant vessel overturned. Clifton Gorden was the latest of several witnesses to tell federal...

Small plane crash lands on street in Pennsylvania, 2 injured

Sep. 21, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — A small plane traveling from Vermont crash landed on a residential street in Pennsylvania, injuring the pilot and a passenger. The single-engine aircraft was trying to land at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Sunday night when the pilot apparently had engine trouble and...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, the charred remains of a boat are shown following a fatal fire at a Tennessee River marina in Scottsboro, Ala. Federal investigators agree with state investigators that a fire that killed eight people and did more than $500,000 damage in January at an Alabama marina started accidentally. But the National Transportation Safety Board says the fire was made worse by the marina’s “limited fire safety practices.”  (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

NTSB: 'limited fire safety practices' worsened marina fire

Sep. 19, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — A fire that killed eight people and did more than $500,000 damage at an Alabama marina started accidentally but was worsened by the marina’s “limited fire safety practices,” according to a federal report. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report...