Latest U.S. Department of Transportation News

NTSB chair wants Tesla to limit where Autopilot can operate

Oct. 25, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is calling on Tesla to act on recommendations to limit where its Autopilot driver-assist system can operate and to put a system in place to make sure drivers are paying attention. In a letter sent...

Watchdog finds flaws in FAA oversight of American Airlines

Oct. 22, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A government watchdog said Friday that federal safety regulators routinely fail to ensure that American Airlines gets to the cause of maintenance shortcomings when they are discovered. The Transportation Department’s inspector general said that in some...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 22, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Unvaccinated FEMA...

Two killed, two hurt in small plane crash in North Carolina

Oct. 21, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (AP) — Two people were killed and two people were injured after a small plane crashed in North Carolina on Thursday, officials said. The identities of the victims weren't released. Onslow County emergency management said the plane...

FAA proposes giving flight attendants 1 more hour of rest

Oct. 21, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing to give flight attendants an extra hour of rest between shifts, a change that Congress approved in 2018 but was not put into effect by the Trump administration. The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Thursday that...

NTSB: Driver was behind wheel at time of Texas Tesla crash

Oct. 21, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A driver was behind the wheel when a Tesla electric car crashed and burned last April near Houston, killing two men, neither of whom was found in the driver's seat. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board announced the findings in an investigative...

Tesla hits record profit despite parts shortage, ship delays

Oct. 20, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Record electric vehicle sales last summer amid a shortage of computer chips and other materials propelled Tesla Inc. to the biggest quarterly net earnings in its history. The company said Wednesday that it made $1.62 billion in the third quarter, beating...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

Rome News-Tribune. October 16, 2021. Editorial: Let’s keep local control over our elections board We should keep the influence of political parties out of the Floyd County Elections Board. Allowing political parties to...

Plane burns after takeoff mishap in Texas; no one badly hurt

Oct. 20, 2021 06:00 AM EDT

BROOKSHIRE, Texas (AP) — A plane taking passengers from Texas to the AL Championship Series game in Boston burst into flames after it ran off a runway during takeoff Tuesday morning, but no one was seriously hurt, authorities said. The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was...

Former Calif. regulator tapped to run highway safety agency

Oct. 19, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former California pollution regulator is being nominated to run the nation's highway safety agency. President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intention to nominate Steven Cliff, who has served as deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic...