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NTSB Report Highlights Disturbing Details of Pilot's Fall

Agency says Ronald Snyder may have unlatched seatbelt to inspect aircraft, passenger was helpless

(Newser) - Before a two-seater plane crashed near a Pennsylvania farm in 2022, its passenger sat by helplessly after the pilot fell out. That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday, describing the crash of an "experimental amateur-built" Bearhawk Patrol plane near Pennsylvania's Hanover Township on...

Divers Find 2 Workers' Bodies as Timeline of Crash Emerges

Recorder on container ship provides information about events before Dali hit Key Bridge

(Newser) - The bodies of two construction workers killed in the collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge were recovered on Wednesday, after divers spotted them about 25 feet below the surface of the Patapsco River in a red pickup truck. The remains of Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, and Dorlian Ronial...

NTSB: Boeing's Video Record of Work on Door Was Erased

Investigators are unable to learn who made repairs to the part that failed

(Newser) - First, Boeing told Congress it can't find any records on repairs made to a door panel before it blew out of an Alaska Airlines plane in flight in January. Now the National Transportation Safety Board has told Congress that security camera footage won't be any help in identifying...

United Airlines Isn't Having a Very Good Week

Plane rolls off runway in Houston, hours after tire fell off another plane in San Francisco

(Newser) - People often clap when their plane lands, but maybe everyone should hold that applause until their ride makes it to the terminal gate. Passengers on a United Airlines flight found that out the hard way Friday morning, when their jet touched down OK at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport,...

NTSB: Bolts Were Missing Before Door Plug Blew Out

Board releases preliminary report on Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 incident

(Newser) - Bolts that helped secure a panel to the frame of a Boeing 737 Max 9 were missing before the panel blew off the Alaska Airlines plane last month, according to accident investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday a preliminary report on the Jan. 5 incident that the lack...

Agencies Look at Whether Boeing Made Part as Designed

FAA tells 737 Max 9 builder to find the reason panel blew out within 10 days

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether Boeing failed to make sure a panel that blew off a jetliner in midflight last week was safe and manufactured to the design that regulators approved. The FAA investigation announced Thursday is focusing on plugs used to fill spots for extra exits when...

If You Think You've Had a Scary Flight, This May Beat It

Alaska Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Oregon after panel flies off, leaving huge hole

(Newser) - A flight from Oregon took a frightening turn as the weekend kicked off, though no one was hurt. KING 5 reports that the Alaska Airlines plane out of Portland International Airport on Friday afternoon—a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet headed to Ontario, California—was forced to turn around and...

Helicopter Crashes Into Miami-Area Canal

Woman survived but man later succumbed to his injuries

(Newser) - Emergency workers in South Florida on Wednesday rescued two people, one who later died, from a canal after their helicopter crashed, reports the AP. The helicopter, a Hughes 369 aircraft, was carrying two people from Fort Myers when it crashed into a canal about three miles west of Miami Executive...

NTSB Says 2 Jets Collided at Houston Airport

Nobody was injured in Tuesday incident

(Newser) - Hours before Michael Whitaker was confirmed by the Senate as the new Federal Aviation Administration chief on Tuesday, two private jets collided at a Houston airport. The FAA says a Hawker 850XP took off without permission at William Hobby Airport, colliding with a Cessna Citation coming in to land on...

This Is What JetBlue Pilots Saw in Close Call in Boston

NTSB says Learjet took off without permission

(Newser) - Federal investigators said Thursday that the pilot of a charter jet took off without permission, creating a "conflict" with a JetBlue plane that was preparing to land on an intersecting runway at Boston's Logan International Airport in February. A screen grab from video shot from the JetBlue cockpit...

Problematic Data Hamper Distracted Driving Battle

Coalition plans to use technology to address what NTSB calls an 'epidemic'

(Newser) - The methods of collecting the data are so flawed that it's not clear how many road deaths are caused by distracted driving, says the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. But Bruce Landsberg is sure of this much: "This is an epidemic." The toll goes...

Train Crew Got Alert About Trouble Too Late to Stop

NTSB report says an overheated wheel bearing appears to have cause the wreck in Ohio

(Newser) - The crew of the freight train that derailed in Ohio and caused a chemical mess was trying to slow the train down just before it derailed, say federal investigators. They had received an alert about an overheated wheel bearing and applied the brakes, but it was too late to ward...

NTSB Chief Pleads: Stop 'Misleading a Suffering Community'

Jennifer Homendy asks people to stop spreading 'misinformation' on Ohio train derailment

(Newser) - It's been more than two weeks since a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, and information continues to trickle out on the incident—as well as misinformation, which the head of the National Transportation Safety Board is now trying to stop. In what ABC News calls...

NTSB Reveals Details on Air Show Crash That Killed 6

No altitude plan was made before the tragedy, report finds

(Newser) - Just before a midair collision that killed six at a Dallas air show, a group of historic fighter planes was told to fly ahead of a formation of bombers without any prior plan for coordinating altitude, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The report did not give a cause...

State Watchdog Agrees With NTSB on Blame in Limo Crash

Inspector general reports gaps in policies and procedures

(Newser) - Update: A state watchdog released a report Friday night blaming New York regulators in the 2018 fatal crash of a limousine—just as federal regulators did two years ago. Oversight by the Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles was inadequate, state Inspector General Lucy Lang found, the AP...

NTSB Fixes Blame in Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists
Driver Acquitted in
Deaths of 7 Bikers

Driver Acquitted in Deaths of 7 Bikers

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy's lawyer said lead motorcyclist caused New Hampshire crash

(Newser) - Update: A jury has found truck driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy not guilty on all charges in a head-on cras h that killed seven bikers in New Hampshire in 2019. The 26-year-old had faced negligent homicide, manslaughter, and reckless conduct charges, NBC Boston reports. Prosecutors said Zhukovskyy had taken heroin, fentanyl, and...

Wrong Fuel Led to Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash
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Wrong Fuel Led to Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash

Jet fuel was put in aircraft designed to run on standard aviation gas

(Newser) - Because putting jet fuel in the wrong kind of plane can have catastrophic consequences, the filler nozzles are designed not to fit into tanks that take standard aviation fuel. But that didn't prevent the basic error that led to a deadly crash in 2019, according to a National Transportation...

NTSB: Skydiving Plane That Crashed Wasn't 'Airworthy'

Aircraft was damaged before pilot pushed it on takeoff, leading to 11 deaths

(Newser) - A pilot's aggressive takeoff led to an aerodynamic stall, causing the 2019 crash of a skydiving plane in Hawaii that killed all 11 people on board, government safety investigators have determined. The National Transportation Safety Board said the stall caused a loss of control at an altitude that was...

NTSB to Do Away With Wreckage of TWA Flight 800

Agency has used it to train thousands of investigators

(Newser) - Some 230 passengers and crew members died when TWA Flight 800 suffered an explosion and crashed soon after taking off from New York's JFK Airport on July 17, 1996—but the wreckage of the Boeing 747-100 has likely saved countless other lives over the following decades. The National Transportation...

Aboard That Scary Flight: 'Don't Look ... Let's Just Pray'

Investigators trying to understand why fan blades broke, and not for the first time

(Newser) - It's a small miracle nobody was hurt or killed in Colorado over the weekend after an engine blew on a United jet and rained huge pieces of debris on neighborhoods near the Denver International Airport. In fact, one of the engine's fan blades came down on a soccer...

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