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NTSB Reports on Plane Crash That Killed Alaska Cruise Ship Passengers

Federal investigators said the safety culture of an Alaskan flight tour company and one of its pilots were directly responsible for the crash of a sightseeing floatplane near Ketchikan in June 2015. The plane crash killed the pilot and eight cruise-ship passengers taking a shore excursion. On April 25, a panel of four National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators unanimously found that Promech Air pilot Bryan Krill’s decision to continue flying the de Havilland Otter plane visually into poor weather instead of flying instrumentally was one cause of the plane crash. But Robert Sumwalt, the NTSB’s acting chair, told the ... Read More

1 Person Dead, 2 Injured In Army Black Hawk helicopter Crash on Maryland Golf Course

The Army is investigating the cause of a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed one crew member and seriously injured two others on a Maryland golf course Monday afternoon. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was from the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The aircraft was performing routine training exercises when, according to witnesses, there appeared to be something wrong with it. One witness, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, where the crash occurred, told WJZ Baltimore that the Black Hawk was “flying kind ... Read More

Airplane Crash Kills California Family and Pilot Near Eugene, Oregon

A California family flying to Oregon on a university scouting trip died April 7 along with their pilot when the Piper Malibu airplane they were traveling in crashed on approach to the Eugene Airport. Authorities say John Zitting, 42, his wife, Karen Sitting, 37, and their son John Brendan Zitting, 17, of Thousand Oaks, California, were on their way to the University of Oregon in Eugene, where John Brendan was considering attending. The pilot was identified as Mark Gregory Aletky, 67, of Acton, California. The airplane, a six-seat, single-engine 1984 Piper PA-46-310P (Malibu), was registered to Park City Aviation LLC ... Read More

Pigeon Forge Sightseeing Helicopter Crash Raises Aircraft Safety Questions

An initial report on the investigation of a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that killed five people a year ago has shed some light on the deadly accident, but provided little comfort to family members seeking some closure. On April 4, 2016, the helicopter, a Bell 206L operated by Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters, was flying a family on a routine tour of the area when it seemingly lost power, crashed in a field, and burst into flames. The crash killed pilot Jason Dahl, 39; Johna Morvant, 49; her children Peyton and Parker Rasmussen, 22 and 18 respectively; and ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Arrested on DUI After Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash in NYC

Port Authority police are investigating a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer that struck a passenger vehicle on the Cross Bronx Expressway early in the morning of March 27, and kept going. Caesar Contreras, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two women in the car with him, ages 28 and 29, were taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to survive their crash injuries. The Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey said the vehicles collided about 3:15 a.m. on the westbound expressway approaching the George Washington Bridge ramp, just east ... Read More

AAA Report: Drowsy Driving As Bad or Worse Than Drunk Driving

Most drivers know that drinking and driving can result in serious injury or death, thanks to the work of groups such as M.A.D.D. and other public safety advocates. But very few realize that sleep deprivation, even at seemingly minimal levels, can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as drinking. According to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven-hour sleep cycle in a 24-hour period nearly double at risk of crashing. The risk of crashing more than quadruples when drivers miss between two and three ... Read More

Trucking company In Deadly Ohio Crash Had 65 Fatal Crashes in Last Two Years

A Missouri commercial truck driver who was killed Feb. 13 when he failed to stop for stalled traffic and collided with three other tractor-trailers on an Ohio highway worked for a commercial trucking company with a substantial record of violations and crashes. Theodore Stocker III was driving a tractor-trailer for Swift Transportation, a large trucking company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, along Interstate 70. About two miles inside Preble County, Ohio, Mr. Stocker’s truck slammed into the back of a flatbed trailer and two other semi-trucks. A fourth commercial semi-truck was also involved in the collision, but the vehicle sustained only ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Pilot Error Caused Fatal New Year’s Eve Plane Crash

The family of a brother and sister who were killed in a plane crash in southern Illinois on New Year’s Eve are suing the estate of the pilot, alleging he was not qualified to fly the private aircraft during poor weather conditions. All four people aboard the Nashville-bound single-engine Piper died when the plane crashed into a wooded area near the town of Vienna, Illinois, including brother and sister Jordan Linder, 35, and Jasmine Linder, 26, both residents of Iowa. The crash also killed pilot Curt Terpstra, 34, of Pella, Iowa, and Krista Green, 37, of Altoona, Iowa. The four ... Read More

High-Speed Crash On Country Road Kills Three Alabamians; Injures Two others

A high-speed crash that killed an Alabama woman and her grandson on a rural Madison County road last month was caused by a driver speeding at 118 mph – 73 mph above the posted speed limit – according to an Alabama State Trooper crash report. The report shows that 32-year-old driver Johnny Mara of Hazel Green, Alabama, was driving a 2003 Lexus west on Ready Section Road at a violent speed when he lost control of the vehicle after topping a rise in the road near the intersection of Butter and Egg Road. A crash report diagram shows Mr. Mara’s ... Read More

Two Injured In Crash With Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Team Bus

Two people were injured after their SUV was struck from behind by a motor coach carrying the Georgetown University men’s basketball team Feb. 6. The bus was traveling north on I-95 from Washington D.C., home of Georgetown University, to Philadelphia ahead of a Feb. 7 game against the Villanova Wildcats when the collision occurred just after 2:30 p.m. “The accident involved another vehicle and occurred on I-95 North outside of Baltimore,” a Georgetown team spokesman said in a statement. “There were no major injuries to members of the team. The company provided another bus for the team to continue its ... Read More