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'Inseparable' Couple Died Together in Plane Suicide

Pilot's wife was sick with cancer: family

(Newser) - After a couple was killed when their plane crashed into a snow-covered mountain in Alaska, their adult children found a silver lining. Cecilia Matter, 63, was suffering from cancer and didn't have much longer to live, they told KYUK at the time of the crash in December. It would... More »

Driver Arrested After Deadly School Bus Crash

The charges include vehicular homicide

(Newser) - School bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, was arrested Monday night and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving over Monday's deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga , the Chattanoogan reports. Initial reports stated that six children died in the horrific crash, but Fletcher told reporters... More »

Why NTSB Investigators Aren't Happy With Sully

They say movie paints them as the bad guys, but they weren't

(Newser) - Sully, the Capt. Chesley Sullenberger biopic currently getting rave reviews , needed some villains other than the geese that flew into the engines of the plane the pilot was flying during the "Miracle on the Hudson." Those villains: the accident investigators, who can be seen in the film's... More »

NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't on the Phone

No evidence of calls, texts, while Brandon Bostian operated train: NTSB

(Newser) - The results of a "detailed and lengthy" probe into an Amtrak engineer's cellphone use on the day of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia hasn't turned up any shockers. An analysis of call data, texts, cell phone tower transmissions, and data relating to Amtrak's on-board WiFi system... More »

NTSB's New Focus: Amtrak Engineer's Cellphone

Brandon Bostian made calls and texted day of the crash, but unclear when

(Newser) - The Amtrak engineer who says he doesn't remember anything about the train he was operating flying off the tracks in Philadelphia on May 12 used his cellphone the day of the crash to make calls and text—but it's still unclear whether he was doing so while operating... More »

NTSB: Our TWA Flight 800 Conclusion Stands

Says petition failed to prove original findings were wrong, won't reopen probe

(Newser) - Last year, a group of former US investigators including former NTSB investigator Henry Hughes petitioned the NTSB to re-open the investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, but the agency yesterday announced it had "denied the petition in its entirety." The petitioners argued that the crash... More »

NTSB Kicks Loose-Lipped Union Out of Train Inquiry

Union lawyer confirmed report that driver was in a 'daze'

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board has kicked the Association of Commuter Rail Employees out of its investigation of the Bronx train derailment, after a union lawyer said a little too much about it. Engineer William Rockefeller "basically nodded" at the controls, falling into "a daze," union general... More »

Train Crash Killed Rockefeller Center Tree Worker

Lighting expert, 3 others mourned as inquiry begins

(Newser) - A sad twist in yesterday's horrific train derailment in the Bronx: One of the four people killed when the train came off the rails at a riverside curve was lighting and sound expert Jim Lovell, who was on his way to help set up the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree... More »

NTSB: Asiana Crash Looking Like Pilot Error

Top concern is slow speed during descent; still no sign of mechanical failure

(Newser) - The continuing investigation into the crash of an Asiana Airlines plane still hasn't spotted any mechanical trouble—meaning it's likely that pilot mistakes were to blame for the disaster, Sky News reports. National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman offered new information about investigators' findings, with concern centered... More »

Asiana Pilot: Light Blinded Me at 500 Feet

Investigators unsure of its source

(Newser) - Clues to what may have caused the Asiana Airlines crash this weekend continue to emerge . The latest: The plane's pilot said that while flying at 500 feet, he was blinded by light, investigators say. "It was a temporary issue," says National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman,... More »

Pilots: SF Airport Was a Crash Waiting to Happen

Landing system had been down for weeks

(Newser) - "It was only a matter of time before something like this happened." That's one pilot's take on the headline-grabbing Asiana Airlines crash that left two people dead and 182 injured. The San Francisco International Airport was primed for disaster, pilots tell Der Spiegel , because a landing... More »

10 Killed in Alaska Air Taxi Crash

Soldotna crash is state's deadliest in decades

(Newser) - All nine passengers and a pilot were killed yesterday in Alaska's worst aviation accident in more than 25 years. A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter air taxi crashed just after 11am at the airport in Soldotna, around 75 miles southwest of Anchorage, the AP reports. The aircraft was operated by... More »

New Bridge Collapses; NTSB Warns Many More at Risk

Train cars derail, slam into overpass in Missouri

(Newser) - The nation's bridges and overpasses are proving particularly vulnerable to having their support systems knocked out, with a highway overpass in Missouri becoming the latest victim, reports the AP . The span partially collapsed yesterday after a train derailment sent rail cars smashing into support columns, causing two 40-foot sections... More »

NTSB Wants to Drop Drunk-Driving Limit to .05%

Regulator thinks legal blood alcohol content should be 0.05%

(Newser) - How much can you legally drink before getting in a car? The National Transportation Safety Board thinks the answer right now is "too much," so this morning it voted to lower its recommended legal blood alcohol content limit for drivers from 0.08% to 0.05%, ABC News... More »

Pilot Texting Linked to Fatal Air Crash

Helicopter pilot was texting about dinner date while flying

(Newser) - Texting while flying may have been a major factor in the 2011 crash of an emergency medical helicopter, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigators. Pilot James Freudenbert died along with three other people when he crashed in Missouri after running out of fuel. The NTSB, implicating distraction caused by... More »

You Could Fly Every Day for 122K Years Without Dying

Statistically speaking, it would take 123K years of flying to be in fatal crash

(Newser) - Knock on wood, but the US hasn't seen a fatal commercial jetliner crash in exactly four years —a new record. And no stat encapsulates just how safe flying has become more than this one: A US passenger now has a one in 45-million-flights death risk, which statistically means... More »

Without Answers, 787 Probe Could Stretch Into 'Weeks'

Safety systems 'did not work as intended,' says NTSB official

(Newser) - The bad news keeps coming for Boeing, whose 787 Dreamliner fleet remains grounded—US investigators still don't know what caused the battery fire in a Jan. 7 fire in Boston, reports Reuters . The National Transportation Safety Board says it has found a series of "symptoms" in the battery,... More »

Boeing's Dreamliner Faces Probe After Fire, Brake Scare

NTSB gets nervous after Japan Airways incident

(Newser) - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is having a really nightmarish week. Air safety officials launched a formal probe into the long-delayed plane yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reports, after a series of safety scares. First, a fire broke out aboard an empty Japan Airlines 787 at Boston's Logan Airport on... More »

Details Revealed of Near-Collision Close to JFK

Controller error almost caused catastrophe

(Newser) - Investigators have released chilling details of a near-catastrophe close to New York City's JFK airport early last year . An American Airlines Boeing 777 came within seconds of crashing into an Air Force C-17 cargo plane because of mistakes and miscommunications by air traffic controllers, the report found. The cargo... More »

Ohio Train Derailment: 'Like Sun Exploded'

It could have been much worse, Columbus mayor says

(Newser) - Life imitating Super 8? National Transportation Safety Board investigators are probing a train derailment that caused a fire and several spectacular explosions in Columbus, Ohio, early yesterday morning, the AP reports. Sixteen of the train's 98 cars, including three carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol each, came off the... More »

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