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FAA analysis predicted many more Max crashes without a fix

Dec. 11, 2019 2:52 PM EST

After the first crash of a Boeing 737 Max last year, federal safety officials estimated that there could be 15 more fatal crashes of the Max over the next few decades if Boeing didn’t fix a critical automated flight-control system. Yet the Federal Aviation Administration did not ground the plane until a...

Loophole limited scrutiny before deadly NYC helicopter crash

Dec. 10, 2019 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The helicopter company whose doors-off flight crashed in a New York City river last year, trapping all five passengers in their harnesses, exploited a regulatory loophole to avoid stricter safety requirements, federal investigators said Tuesday. FlyNYON operated under the...

Seattle reducing speed limits to increase safety

Dec. 10, 2019 3:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Tuesday that speed limits on city streets will be dropping to 25 mph as part of an overall $20 million plan to increase safety. KOMO reports that in addition to the speed limit drop, the city will double the number of safety-enhanced traffic signals, add...

Families of crash passengers want wider review of Boeing Max

Dec. 9, 2019 6:54 PM EST

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions about whether the agency is too cozy with Boeing when he testifies this week before a congressional panel. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he plans to ask FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson about Boeing's influence over the...

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

Dec. 6, 2019 1:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. That figure includes 235 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were...

Former FAA inspector gets 6 years for bribery, fraud scheme

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector in South Florida was sentenced Thursday to six years and three months in prison for his part in a bribery and fraud scheme. A federal jury in Miami found Manuel Fernandez, 42, guilty in June of 21 criminal counts, including bribery,...

Boeing tries to reassure airline industry leaders about Max

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing is reassuring airline industry leaders about the safety of the grounded 737 Max as it continues working to get the plane back in service. The aircraft maker invited about 30 union officials, safety experts and others to the Seattle area for two days of meetings with Boeing executives...

Seattle transit agency removes safety officer after crash

Dec. 5, 2019 4:51 PM EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) — Seattle's transit agency has removed its top safety officer as a result of a fatal 2017 train derailment. The Seattle Times reported the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority removed Salah Al-Tamimi as its chief executive safety and quality officer. The agency better known...

Horizon Air warns about lax safety culture among its pilots

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Horizon Air’s head of flight operations recently warned of a a lax safety culture among the airline’s pilots and called for urgent action to prevent a serious air accident. The Seattle Times reported that John Hornibrook, the Seattle-based airline’s president of flight...

Tunisian president vows safer roads after 2 deadly crashes

Dec. 2, 2019 6:53 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president is promising to improve his country’s poor road safety record after 26 people were killed in a bus crash — and then a car transporting one of the bodies was reportedly hit by a train. The Health Ministry on Monday raised the death toll to 26...