National Transportation Safety Board

Boeing likely to face new questions after another 737 crash

Sunday’s devastating plane crash in Ethiopia could renew safety questions about the newest version of Boeing’s popular 737 airliner. The Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from the capital of Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. The plane was new. The weather was clear. Yet something … Continue reading Boeing likely to face new questions after another 737 crash

Search continues for body at Texas plane crash site

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — Authorities continue to scour the shallow waters of a southeast Texas bay for clues about what led to the sudden crash of a Boeing 767 cargo plane, and for the body of one of the three people aboard. An area sheriff says a north wind has exposed more of the three-quarter-mile … Continue reading Search continues for body at Texas plane crash site

ANAHUAC, Texas | Sheriff: 1 body recovered from Texas cargo plane crash site

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — Search and recovery crews have recovered one body and the search continued Sunday for two more at the site where a Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed into a coastal bay near Houston with three people aboard. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that the body was recovered late Saturday … Continue reading ANAHUAC, Texas | Sheriff: 1 body recovered from Texas cargo plane crash site

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | Parents of teen killed in Florida Tesla crash sue company

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Jan 08, 2019—The parents of a Florida teenager killed when a Telsa sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the electric car company alleging that the battery pack on its electric Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires. Edgar Monserratt and Esperanza Martinez de Monserratt allege in … Continue reading FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | Parents of teen killed in Florida Tesla crash sue company

SALT LAKE CITY | Utah gears up to implement nation’s lowest DUI limit

SALT LAKE CITY— New Year‘s Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side of the nation’s newest and lowest DUI threshold. The 0.05 percent limit goes into effect Sunday, despite protests that it will punish … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Utah gears up to implement nation’s lowest DUI limit

LAWRENCE, Mass. | Everyone wants answers: Mass., feds hunt for gas blast cause

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people were displaced at … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass. | Everyone wants answers: Mass., feds hunt for gas blast cause

PAYSON, Utah | Police: Man flies plane into his home after fight with wife

PAYSON, Utah — A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. The pilot, Duane Youd, died. His wife and a child who were in … Continue reading PAYSON, Utah | Police: Man flies plane into his home after fight with wife

OLYMPIA, Wash | Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

OLYMPIA, Wash.  — Investigators worked to find out how an airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft. The bizarre incident involving a worker … Continue reading OLYMPIA, Wash | Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

SANTA ANA, Calif | 5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

SANTA ANA, Calif.  — Five people on board a small airplane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna crashed Sunday in a Southern California parking lot, authorities said. The pilot of the Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from John Wayne Airport, Federal … Continue reading SANTA ANA, Calif | 5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

ST. LOUIS | NTSB: Recordings show change in weather before boat sank

ST . LOUIS — Video and audio recordings from a fatal tourist boat accident in Missouri show that the lake went from calm to deadly dangerous in a matter of minutes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. The NTSB cited preliminary findings gathered from the video recorder camera system salvaged by divers after the duck … Continue reading ST. LOUIS | NTSB: Recordings show change in weather before boat sank

Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

A private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm. Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the … Continue reading Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

BRANSON, Mo. | The Latest: 300 mourn victims outside tourism boat business

BRANSON, Mo. — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 9:35 p.m. About 300 people gathered in a parking lot outside a tourism business to remember the 17 people killed when one of its duck boats capsized in storm-tossed water. The mourners Friday night sang Amazing Grace and prayed, … Continue reading BRANSON, Mo. | The Latest: 300 mourn victims outside tourism boat business

BRANSON, Mo. | The Latest: Arkansas father, son among duck boat victims

BRANSON, Mo. — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 9:25 p.m. An Arkansas man and his son are among the 17 people who died when a tourist boat capsized near Branson, Missouri. Carroll Smith said in a telephone interview Friday that his 53-year-old son, Steve, and 15-year-old grandson, … Continue reading BRANSON, Mo. | The Latest: Arkansas father, son among duck boat victims

JUNEAU, Alaska | 11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

JUNEAU, Alaska — All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said. A Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said. “This could have been … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | 11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

JUNEAU, Alaska | Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska — All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said. A Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said. “This could have been … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska

Bridge collapse victim’s uncle rages at ‘incompetence’

MIAMI/March 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — As crews began removing bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim’s uncle raged against what he called the “complete incompetence” and “colossal failure” that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span. “Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children … Continue reading Bridge collapse victim’s uncle rages at ‘incompetence’

Fallen bridge: Toll up to 6 dead as officials seek answers

MIAMI /March 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Six people were killed and 10 others hospitalized in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University, police said Friday as state and federal investigators worked to determine how and why the five-day-old span failed. “This has turned into from a rescue to a recovery … Continue reading Fallen bridge: Toll up to 6 dead as officials seek answers

Helicopter crashes in NYC’s East River, 5 passengers dead

NEW YORK /March 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A privately chartered helicopter doing a photo shoot crashed into New York City’s East River on Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, killing all five passengers aboard, officials said. A spokesman for the NYPD confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press early Monday. Video taken by … Continue reading Helicopter crashes in NYC’s East River, 5 passengers dead

FAA: Helicopter crashes in New York City’s East River

NEW YORK /March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A helicopter has crashed in New York City‘s East River. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the Eurocopter AS350 went down just after 7 p.m. Sunday in the waterway just north of Roosevelt Island and is “reportedly inverted in the water.” It was not immediately known how many people … Continue reading FAA: Helicopter crashes in New York City’s East River

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

CROZET, Va. /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Witnesses to a collision between a train carrying Republican congressmen and a garbage truck in rural Virginia have told investigators the truck entered the railroad crossing after safety gates came down. A preliminary report on the Jan. 31 crash was issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The … Continue reading NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

NTSB: Crash-preventing safety system was being installed

CAYCE, S.C/February 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Railway signals were out while crews installed a safety system that could have prevented the exact type of crash that killed two people in South Carolina when an Amtrak train was diverted to a side track and slammed head-on into an empty freight train, authorities said Monday. Automated signals that could … Continue reading NTSB: Crash-preventing safety system was being installed

Drivers say safety arms at crash site seemed to malfunction

CROZET, Va/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The safety arms at a railroad crossing where a train carrying Republican lawmakers slammed into a garbage truck appeared to be malfunctioning the day before the deadly crash, drivers who regularly cross over the tracks at the crash scene said Thursday. Gene Locke, who lives near the tracks in Crozet, said … Continue reading Drivers say safety arms at crash site seemed to malfunction

Official: No distress call sent by helicopter before crash

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /January 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A helicopter that crashed in Southern California, killing three people on board, didn’t send a distress call before plummeting into a home in a gated community, a federal investigator said Wednesday. The Robinson R44 helicopter was headed to Catalina Island when it went down in Newport Beach soon … Continue reading Official: No distress call sent by helicopter before crash

Officials: Why was train in fatal Amtrak wreck speeding?

DUPONT, Wash./December 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  Federal investigators probing a deadly Amtrak derailment are trying to determine why the train was traveling at more than double the posted speed limit as it entered the curve where it left the tracks and plunged off an overpass and partly onto a busy freeway, killing three people and … Continue reading Officials: Why was train in fatal Amtrak wreck speeding?