Latest National Transportation Safety Board News

NTSB chief to fed agency: Stop using misleading statistics

Jan. 18, 2022 18:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer...

NTSB: Pilot hurt in fatal chopper crash had weather warning

Jan. 14, 2022 04:01 AM EST

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A pilot injured in a helicopter crash that killed his passenger in Tennessee didn't heed warnings about flying in marginal weather in the Smoky Mountains, federal transportation safety authorities said. According to the National Transportation Safety...

Investigators probe wreckage of crashed medical helicopter

Jan. 12, 2022 17:30 PM EST

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Federal investigators pored over the wreckage of a medical helicopter a day after it crash-landed without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia, somehow avoiding a web of power lines and buildings. Brian Rayner, senior...

Report: 2 planes aborted runway approaches before 1 crashed

Jan. 12, 2022 13:27 PM EST

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) — A single-engine plane that crashed Dec. 22 near a rural Arizona airport, killing the pilot and his passenger, had just aborted an approach because of proximity to another small plane that was already inbound, federal investigators say. A National...

Report: Plane hit power lines before crash that killed 4

Jan. 11, 2022 19:45 PM EST

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A medical transport plane struck power lines in cloudy weather before it crashed last month near San Diego, killing two flight nurses and two pilots, federal investigators said Tuesday. The Learjet 35A crashed on Dec. 27 while preparing to land at Gillespie...

Two killed in Missouri plane crash were pilots from Ohio

Jan. 11, 2022 14:53 PM EST

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — The two people killed when their plane crashed in eastern Missouri on Saturday were experienced pilots from Ohio who were flying to Denver to pick up cargo, authorities said Tuesday. George King, 55, of Westerville, Ohio, and Amanda Youngblood, 35, of Huber...

Two people die when small plane crashes in eastern Missouri

Jan. 09, 2022 15:29 PM EST

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two people died when a small plane crashed in St. Charles County shortly after taking off Saturday evening. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58 took off from an airport in Chesterfield and...

NTSB: Helicopter rotated out of control before fatal crash

Jan. 07, 2022 15:42 PM EST

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — A helicopter rotated out of control before crashing in East Texas, killing a passenger and injuring the pilot and two other passengers, federal investigators said Friday. The Bell 206B helicopter crashed Dec. 30 onto a woodpile in a field in Livingston,...

NTSB: Helicopter that crashed in December had hit a cable

Jan. 06, 2022 18:49 PM EST

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — A fatal, fiery helicopter crash last month on Interstate 10 in Louisiana occurred after the helicopter hit a cable above a bridge during foggy weather, knocking off its rotor, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The pilot died when the Bell 407...

Report doesn't identify cause of November plane crash

Jan. 05, 2022 17:33 PM EST

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — The preliminary report on a plane crash that killed three people in northwest Nebraska in November doesn't identify the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Wednesday that the plane's takeoff appeared normal...