Latest Transportation safety News

New Zealand minister's wings clipped for phone call on plane

May. 24, 2018 4:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's transport minister will no longer oversee aviation safety after he violated rules by making a cellphone call on a plane. Phil Twyford told reporters Thursday he called a staffer on May 17 while on a flight from Wellington to Auckland. He said the plane was not...

Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses

May. 22, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal transportation panel on Tuesday recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seatbelts, which the board chairman called a "tried and true" safety protection. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates...

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

May. 20, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday...

Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

May. 19, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. The plane was barred from...

Trucking company owner 'saddened' by fatal school bus crash

May. 18, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a trucking company whose dump truck collided with a school bus on a New Jersey highway said Friday he's "deeply saddened" by the accident that killed a student and teacher and injured more than 40 other people. In brief comments to The Associated Press at his office,...

The Latest: Truck firm owner 'deeply saddened' by bus crash

May. 18, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a school bus crash with a dump truck in New Jersey (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The owner of a trucking company whose dump truck collided with a school bus on a New Jersey highway says he's "deeply saddened" by the accident, which killed a student and a...

School bus torn apart in dump truck collision, killing 2

May. 17, 2018 8:40 PM EDT

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a teacher. The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front...

Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence

May. 16, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Turkey exchanged diplomatic barbs Wednesday as the spat between the former allies escalated following deadly violence along Israel's border with Gaza. A day after it expelled the Israeli ambassador, Turkey asked Israel's consul general in Istanbul to leave as well. Israel, in...

China, Airbus investigating blown-out windshield on plane

May. 16, 2018 4:18 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese authorities and Airbus are investigating why a plane's windshield blew out midflight, forcing an emergency landing, in an unusual mishap for a country with a booming aviation market and exemplary air safety record. Sichuan Airlines flight 8633 was en route from Chongqing, China, to...

Australia upgrading airport security after alleged bomb plot

May. 15, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government said Tuesday that it will upgrade airport security around the country and increase police powers in response to an alleged attempt to smuggle an improvised explosive device aboard a flight out of Sydney last year. The government will spend 294 million...