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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is one of California's deadliest maritime disasters, prompting both criminal and safety investigations into the Sept. 2, 2019 tragedy that claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member on a Labor Day weekend expedition near an island off Santa Barbara. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

Oct. 20, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the deadliest accidents in recent U.S. maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled Tuesday. The...

2 killed in Louisiana plane crash

Oct. 17, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The bodies of two people were pulled from the wreckage after a single-engine, fixed-wing plane went down in south Louisiana. The Cessna 182 crashed around noon Friday near Lake Hatch in Terrebonne Parish, news outlets reported. The bodies were released to the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's...

2 men die in ultralight aircraft crash near Evansville

Oct. 6, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — Two men were killed when an ultralight aircraft crashed Tuesday in southwestern Indiana, according to authorities. The Posey County coroner's office identifies the victims as William Rohland, 75, of Garden Grove, California, and Michael Schlichtman, 57, of Steamboat Springs,...

In this photo provided by Spectrum News Buffalo, a helicopter circles the site of a small plane crash near Pembroke N.Y., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Two people aboard the aircraft died. (Spectrum News Buffalo via AP)

Prominent NY attorney, niece, killed in small plane crash

Oct. 2, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Personal injury attorney Steve Barnes, whose law firm Cellino & Barnes was known on two coasts for its catchy TV jingle, was killed Friday in a small plane crash in western New York. Barnes, a registered pilot, died along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes, his longtime law partner told...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, a New York state trooper and members of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of a fatal crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie, N.Y. Federal investigators examining the 2018 crash of a stretch limousine that killed 20 people said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, that state regulators repeatedly failed to oversee a poorly maintained vehicle with corroded brakes.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Feds fault operator, regulators in limo crash that killed 20

Sep. 29, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee a poorly maintained stretch limousine with corroded brakes that hurtled down a hill at more than 100 mph (160 kph) and crashed in a ravine, killing 20 people, federal investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board...

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....

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...

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...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. The crew aboard a Southern California scuba dive boat had not been trained on emergency procedures before the deadly fire broke out last year, killing 34 people in one of the state's deadliest maritime disasters, according to federal documents released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

No emergency training for crew on boat where fire killed 34

Sep. 16, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the Southern California coast, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, according to federal documents released Wednesday. National...

2 die in single-engine plane crash in eastern South Dakota

Sep. 14, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

GROTON, S.D. (AP) — A single-engine plane crashed in eastern South Dakota, killing two people, officials said. The Brown County Sheriff's Office said the plane went down north of Groton on Sunday near the airport where the Groton Fly-in/Drive-in was held this weekend. Scott Meints, Brown County Emergency...