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Safety board says more people died in plane crashes in 2018

Nov. 14, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety officials say that 393 people died in U.S. civilian plane crashes last year, a 15% increase over the year before. All but a dozen of the deaths occurred in general aviation, which usually involves small private planes. However, the numbers include a woman killed after an...

State offering to produce, emplace roadside memorials

Nov. 14, 2019 9:45 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Transportation Department is offering to produce and emplace roadside memorials as a way to keep state highways free of roadside safety hazards. The new departmental policy announced Wednesday says each sign will display the name of the person being memorialized and...

NTSB: Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals

Nov. 13, 2019 6:07 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year's Missouri accident that killed 17 people. The National Transportation...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Official: Most Nevada fatal crashes involve impaired drivers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:48 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Law enforcement officials working to bolster safety on roadways ahead of the holiday season say impaired drivers remain a contributing factor in more than half of all fatal traffic crashes in Nevada. The Nevada Department of Public Safety says 55.4 percent of the 893 total fatal crashes in...

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

Nov. 11, 2019 5:58 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it will speed up inspections of dozens of used planes it bought from foreign airlines after federal regulators threatened to ground the jets because they might not meet all safety standards. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that Southwest agreed to...

State patrol reminds people seat belt use is Ohio law

Nov. 9, 2019 8:58 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's State Highway Patrol is reminding people to always use seat belts. The patrol says more than 1,300 people not wearing seat belts were killed in crashes in Ohio the past two years. The state's 2018 Observational Seatbelt Survey found only 85% of motorists in compliance with...

Historic live oak trees saved under new SC highway plans

Nov. 8, 2019 3:31 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Department of Transportation says it no longer has plans to cut hundreds of old live oak trees from along a stretch of historic state highway. The Post and Courier reported Thursday that the department reviewed more than 450 public comments on plans it proposed to...

Airline says false hijack alarm caused Dutch airport alert

Nov. 6, 2019 5:02 PM EST

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — An accidental hijack warning set off from the cockpit of a plane triggered a big security operation at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday night, a Spanish airline and Dutch military police said.  Air Europa said in a tweet that the scare that sent emergency services...

The Latest: Carrier: Security alert mistakenly triggered

Nov. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a security alert at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (all times local): 9:20 p.m. A Spanish carrier says a security alert at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport began when a hijacking warning on a plane was accidentally set off. Air Europa said in a tweet Wednesday night...