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Investigators Share What They Know About Maritime Disaster

34 people died on the Conception in September 2019

(Newser) - After a 13-month effort, investigators say they won't be able to determine the definitive cause of the dive boat fire that killed all 33 passengers and one crew member in September 2019. The National Transportation Safety Board was told at a virtual hearing on Tuesday that though the Conception... More »

NTSB Faults Regulators in Limo Crash That Killed 20

Board says investigators were blocked from viewing critical evidence

(Newser) - State regulators in New York repeatedly failed to properly oversee a poorly maintained stretch limousine with corroded brakes that hurtled down a hill at more than 100mph and crashed in a ravine, killing 20 people , federal investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board members unanimously voted to accept a final... More »

Lawmaker in Deadly Crash Flew Despite Vision Problems

Gary Knopp was denied certification in 2012

(Newser) - An Alaska state lawmaker who was involved in a July midair collision that killed seven people was piloting his plane even though his medical flight certification was denied eight years ago because of vision problems, a federal agency reported Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot as state Rep. Gary... More »

NTSB: Tesla Driver Was Playing Video Game During Fatal Crash

'If you own a car with partial automation, you do not own a self-driving car'

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone while his vehicle was being controlled by a partially automated driving system. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of... More »

NTSB Shares What It Knows About Kobe Bryant's Crash

NTSB describes it as a 'high energy impact crash'

(Newser) - The helicopter that Kobe Bryant and eight others were in on Sunday came very close to clearing a California hillside, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday, missing the top by just 20 to 30 feet. The New York Times reports the helicopter had reached 2,300 feet before... More »

Plane Crash in South Dakota Snowstorm Kills 9

3 people were injured

(Newser) - Nine people—including two children and the pilot—have been killed after a plane crashed in South Dakota, authorities tell CNN . Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board tells the AP that 12 people were aboard the Pilatus PC-12 when it crashed about 12:30pm Saturday, shortly after taking... More »

NTSB: Latest Gender Reveal Led to Plane Crash

Texas aircraft stalled after releasing 350 gallons of pink water

(Newser) - Gender reveals have led to a car fire , a wildfire , even a death in Iowa . Now, per the New York Post , one has apparently spurred a plane crash. National Transportation Safety Board records show that the accident, which happened Sept. 7 in Turkey, Texas, took place after the pilot—IDed... More »

Small Plane Slams Into NJ Home

'It kind of looks like a volcano erupted'

(Newser) - A small plane crashed and exploded in a residential neighborhood in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City on Tuesday morning, leaving its pilot dead and setting two houses on fire, the AP reports. The twin-engine Cessna 414 went down at 11am just several hundred yards from Claremont Avenue... More »

'Seaman's Manslaughter' Charges Possible After Dive Boat Fire

NTSB says all 6 crew members were asleep

(Newser) - A California scuba dive boat was operating in violation of Coast Guard regulations when crew members were sleeping and a pre-dawn fire killed 34 people, leaving grieving families wondering if a required night watchman could have saved their loved ones. Thursday brought a disclosure from the National Transportation Safety Board... More »

The Worst Crash Ever Just Missed. Now What Do We Do?

Aviation officials say faster reporting is needed

(Newser) - Safety officials say a near collision of airliners in San Francisco last year was a few feet from becoming the worst crash in aviation history and underscores the need for faster reporting of dangerous incidents before evidence is lost, the AP reports. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final... More »

Duck-Boat Tragedy Video: Trip Went From Calm to Frantic

NTSB releases a preliminary timeline of what happened

(Newser) - Now, the video. Federal officials have reviewed footage from the sunken Missouri duck boat to see how events unfolded and compare the launch time to severe-weather warnings for the area, the Kansas City Star reports. Per the National Transportation Safety Board, the trip went from leisurely to frantic within minutes... More »

NTSB Investigating After 2 Teens Die in Fiery Tesla Crash

This investigation focuses on battery fire, not Autopilot; police say car was speeding

(Newser) - Two teens were killed in Florida Tuesday night when a 2014 Tesla Model S went off the road, ran into a concrete wall, and burst into flames—and now the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, making this the fourth accident involving Tesla vehicles that the NTSB is probing, the... More »

NTSB Kicks Tesla Out of Investigation for Breaking Rules

Feds say electric car company prematurely made information public

(Newser) - Federal investigators say they have booted electric car maker Tesla from a group that's investigating a fatal March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X SUV in California. The National Transportation Safety Board said it removed Tesla as a party to the investigation after the company prematurely made information... More »

2 Small Planes Collide Mid-Air, Kill All Aboard

3 New Yorkers were part of a group flying out to get breakfast

(Newser) - Two private planes collided Sunday in Western New York, reports the Buffalo News , killing all three aboard. The two aircraft—a Cessna 120 and a Piper Cherokee—were apparently part of a larger group of six flying out of the airport in Hamburg, NY, en route to get breakfast in... 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 »

Navy, NTSB Confirm: Wreckage Is El Faro

Now the search sub is on the lookout for the ship's data recorder

(Newser) - On Saturday, the US Navy found what it believed to be the wreckage of the El Faro cargo ship that went missing in Hurricane Joaquin last month; on Monday, that news transitioned to proof positive, per a Navy spokesman, CNN reports. The affirmative identification was confirmed by the National Transportation... More »

Navy Finds Wreckage of Ship That Went Down in Hurricane

Sonar shows wreck consistent with cargo ship El Faro in 15K feet of water

(Newser) - A US Navy search team Saturday found what is believed to be the wreckage of El Faro, the cargo ship that went missing Oct. 1 in the Bahamas after sailing into Hurricane Joaquin, reports CNN . "The target identified by Orion (side-scan radar) is consistent with a 790-foot cargo ship,... More »

Cargo Ship Probe to Seek Answers to 2 Questions

As El Faro families still hold out hope

(Newser) - On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose jobs were to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could that work have caused the loss of power that led to the US container... More »

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Up 28 Straight Hours

NTSB says driver fatigue played big role in accident

(Newser) - How are your reflexes after you've been awake for 28 straight hours? The NTSB says the driver of the truck that smashed into Tracy Morgan's limo was in that exact predicament, reports ABC News . Kevin Roper, 35, drove 800 miles from his home in Georgia to Delaware, where... More »

Feds Won't Re-Open Inquiry in Buddy Holly Crash

Says man who made request didn't present new evidence

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board has declined a request to reopen the investigation of the Iowa plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled in 1959 that the most likely cause of the crash was pilot error.... More »

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