Latest National Transportation Safety Board News

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 captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

California boat captain indicted in fire that killed 34

Dec. 1, 2020 9:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history. Jerry Boylan, 67,...

FILE - In this July 6, 2019, file photo, a woman views the memorial site for seven bikers who were killed in a collision while riding with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club June 2019, in Randolph, N.H. The National Transportation Safety Board found Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, a pickup driver’s drug use was the reason he crashed last year into the oncoming group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, leading to the death of the bikers.   (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP, File)

NTSB: Safety processes failed in crash that killed 7 bikers

Dec. 1, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Systems meant to keep motorists safe failed to prevent a pickup driver on drugs from crashing last year into an oncoming group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, leading to the death of seven bikers, the National Transportation Safety Board found Tuesday. The board unanimously approved a report that determined...

2 killed in small plane crash in northeast Arkansas

Dec. 1, 2020 7:19 AM EST

FRANKLIN, Ark. (AP) — Two people were killed when a small airplane crashed in rural northeast Arkansas, officials said. Residents called 911 to report a small airplane flying low Monday afternoon in the town of Franklin, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, and emergency crews...

Pilot killed in small plane crash at South Florida airport

Nov. 24, 2020 7:03 AM EST

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A pilot died when his single-engine plane crashed while trying to land at a small airport in South Florida. The crash happened shortly after the pilot took off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines on Monday afternoon, officials said. He reported engine trouble and...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo a Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo's suite of sensors and radar is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.   The U.S. government’s road safety agency is asking for public comment on how it should regulate safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.  NHTSA said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 it wants public input on potential regulation of autonomous vehicle sensors and other aspects of the technology.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US safety agency seeks input on autonomous vehicle rules

Nov. 19, 2020 4:41 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency is asking for public comment on how it should regulate safe deployment of self-driving vehicles. Seeking public comment is an early step in drawing up possible regulations, but that process takes years and could be changed by the incoming...

2 killed in small plane crash near Texas airport identified

Nov. 17, 2020 4:32 PM EST

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A pilot and passenger killed last week in the crash of a small plane near a North Texas airport have been identified as two men from Abilene, officials said Tuesday. Killed in the crash were Donald L. Wehmeyer, 75, and Curtis G. Robertson Jr., 67, according to a statement from the...

2 killed when small plane crashes near North Texas airport

Nov. 12, 2020 6:24 PM EST

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — The pilot of a small plane and a passenger were killed Thursday when the aircraft crashed near a North Texas airport, officials said. The crash happened about 1 p.m. in a field across Texas 66 from Rockwall’s municipal airport. The single-engine Cessna 182 crashed after...

Seattle, Edmonds men died Langley plane crash

Nov. 12, 2020 5:12 PM EST

LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) — The two people who died when their Cessna crashed on Whidbey Island Wednesday have been identified. The pilot was 78-year-old Carl Dahlman of Seattle, and the co-pilot was 25-year-old Joshua McCormick of Edmonds, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. The Cessna 177...

2 die in small plane crash on Whidbey Island

Nov. 11, 2020 5:37 PM EST

LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in a small plane crash on Whidbey Island southeast of Langley. Officials with South Whidbey Fire said the plane went down just west of the runway at the Whidbey Airpark, hit the ground and ended up in the woods. The FAA said a Cessna 177 Cardinal...

Texas man, dog die in plane crash near Billings, Montana

Nov. 2, 2020 11:52 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Texas man and his dog were killed in the crash of a single-engine Cessna near the Billings airport in southern Montana, Yellowstone County officials said. Donald C. Nimmick, 74, died Friday evening when his airplane crashed short of the runway at Billings Logan International...