Latest U.S. Department of Transportation News

High court declines to take up fight over airline crew rest

Jun. 30, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Thursday to take up a case involving a state law that gives California-based flight crews more generous meal and rest breaks than required by federal rules. Several Virgin America flight attendants sued to be included under the law,...

Buttigieg launches $1B pilot to build racial equity in roads

Jun. 30, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday launched a $1 billion first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at helping reconnect cities and neighborhoods racially segregated or divided by road projects, pledging wide-ranging help to dozens of communities despite the...

All eyes on airlines as July Fourth holiday weekend nears

Jun. 30, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines that have stumbled badly over the last two holidays face their biggest test yet of whether they can handle big crowds when July Fourth travelers mob the nation's airports this weekend. Problems were popping up well before the weekend, with some disruptions...

New NHTSA chief: Agency to scrutinize auto-driver technology

Jun. 29, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government's road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In an interview...

Pilot killed in small-plane crash, fire in southwest WA

Jun. 28, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A pilot died in a fiery crash on a runway Tuesday in Vancouver, Washington, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The single-engine Beechcraft V35B ended up upside down and ablaze at Pearson Field at around 7:30 a.m., The Oregonian/OregonLive...

Pilot hospitalized after plane crash in suburban Will County

Jun. 24, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

PEOTONE, Ill. (AP) — A pilot was hospitalized Friday after his small plane crashed in rural south suburban Will County. The plane appeared to have gone down at a steep angle into a wooded area next to a creek, WBBM-TV reported. The engine had come loose from the firewall, and it...

Airlines aim to shift blame for flight problems to FAA

Jun. 24, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines under scrutiny for widespread flight disruptions are renewing their criticism of the government agency that manages the nation’s airspace, saying that understaffing at the Federal Aviation Administration is “crippling” traffic along the East Coast. ...

6 die in crash of Vietnam-era helicopter in West Virginia

Jun. 23, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A Vietnam-era helicopter showcased in action movies crashed on a rural West Virginia road, killing all six people on board, during an annual reunion for helicopter enthusiasts. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter crashed...

20 S. Carolina airports to share nearly $19M in FAA grants

Jun. 20, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Twenty airports in South Carolina will received a share of nearly $19 million in federal grants to help pay for terminal upgrades, runway repairs and other improvement projects. More than two-thirds of the money will go to the state's four largest airports,...

Buckeye police identify men who died in crash of small plane

Jun. 19, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men who died in the crash of a small plane in Buckeye. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Cessna crashed around 7 a.m. Saturday in a desert area near the municipal airport in Buckeye, located about 35...