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NTSB Probe of Deadly Amtrak Crash Finds Drug Use, Lax Safety Culture

Federal investigators probing an Amtrak that crashed into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two railroad workers, turned up some troubling evidence of a lax safety culture at the railroad company, including drug use, communication errors, poor planning, and other serious failures. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) probe is ongoing, but investigators have determined that the train’s engineer, 47-year-old Alexander Hunter, tested positive for marijuana after the crash. Backhoe operator Joseph Carter Jr., 61, and supervisor Peter Adamovich, 59, were killed when the train struck them while traveling 100 mph. Mr. Carter tested positive for cocaine and Mr. ... Read More

NTSB Probe of Air Ambulance Crash Uncovers Deadly Flaw In Plane’s Wiring

Federal crash investigators issued an urgent recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month concerning the wiring configuration in Piper PA 31T Cheyenne airplanes, which could create arcing and fires. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called on the FAA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) on the Piper twin engine aircraft based on preliminary findings in its investigation of a July 2016 crash of a medical transport flight in northern California. The airplane broke up in flight and crashed near McKinleyville, Calif., killing all four people aboard. The crash investigation remains ongoing, but investigators found evidence ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed In Connection To Pigeon Forge Helicopter Crash

The family of a woman killed in a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last April, has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the aircraft, alleging negligence in maintaining the helicopter and hiring its pilots. Keith Morvant and Lynne Frederick, the husband and mother of Johna Morvant respectively, filed the lawsuit against Great Smoky Mountains Helicopters and owner Bobby Riggs in a Tennessee federal court, seeking unspecified compensation and damages for Ms. Morvant’s alleged wrongful death. Ms. Morvant, 49, of Kodak, Tenn., was killed in the April 4 crash with her two children, Peyton Rasmussen, 22, and Parker ... Read More

Apache Helicopter Crash Near Houston Kills Two U.S. Soldiers During Training Flight

Two U.S. Army pilots were killed Wednesday afternoon during a routine training flight when their AH-64 Apache helicopter broke apart in mid-air over Galveston Bay in Texas, according to Reuters. The pilots were members of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Combat Aviation Brigade at Ellington Field near Houston based on reports for KHOU-TV. At least one of the pilots was from the Houston area. The Chron.com news outlet reported Thursday that Lucas Lowe was one of the two victims on board the helicopter. The outlet confirmed Lowe’s identity with his father-in-law, Olen Bush. The identity of the other victim ... Read More

Sikorsky Reaches Settlement Over Deadly 2014 Navy Helicopter Crash

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to settle wrongful death and negligence claims filed in connection with a January 2014 crash of a Navy helicopter that killed three crewmembers during a routine training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach. According to the Associated Press, the Connecticut-based helicopter manufacturer reached a “settlement in principle” with the widows of the three crewmembers and a survivor of the crash. Claims against General Electric, DuPont, and L-3 Communications Corp., also named as defendants for their alleged role in the crash, are still in litigation. On Jan. 8, 2014, a Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon was ... Read More

Fuel Tanker Crashes And Explodes In Deadly Baltimore Multi-Vehicle Pileup

A massive pile-up involving nearly 70 vehicles, including a fuel tanker truck that plummeted off a bridge and exploded, left two people dead and dozens of others injured on I-95 in Baltimore Saturday morning. Baltimore authorities investigating the deadly pileup haven’t determined what might have set off the chain reaction of crashes, but they took place at a time when ice and arctic temperatures caused havoc on interstates and roads across much of the country. Maryland Department of Transportation officials said that 68 vehicles were involved in the pileup. A man identified as Marvellous Amasiatu was filming traffic on I-95, ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Alleges School Bus In Chattanooga Crash was unsafe, Poorly Designed

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A wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the deadly Nov. 21 elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga that killed six children and injured dozens more targets the bus’s manufacturer, claiming an inferior design and poor structure failed to prevent students from being ejected from the vehicle. Filed Dec. 9 in Hamilton County Circuit Court by the family of 10-year-old Zyanna Harris, the lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses of making an “unreasonably dangerous and defective” vehicle with an unsafe window system. “There were safer alternative designs,” the lawsuit claims. “Specifically, a window system with embedded glass ... Read More

Pilot in Deadly Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash Was Unfit To Fly, Investigators Find

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, in July, killing himself and 15 passengers, had been taking at least 10 different prescription drugs that should have prevented him from flying, medical professionals testified during a Dec. 9 investigative hearing. According to the Associated Press, experts said during the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation that 49-year-old pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols suffered from a multitude of health problems, including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and chronic back pain. Oxycodone, an extremely potent opioid drug, was one of several  medications ... Read More

Massive Pileup On Ohio Interstate Injures More than 20

More than 20 people were injured in a massive pileup on I-90 in northeastern Ohio Dec. 8 involving 75 vehicles, including more than a dozen tractor trailers and a commercial bus. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which was triggered in part by heavy lake-effect snow. Authorities have not determined whether speeding or other factors may have contributed. According to Rochester’s WHAM Channel 13, three of those injured in the pileup are listed in serious condition, including Livingston County, N.Y., Sheriff’s Office sergeant Chad Vanauken, who was traveling with his cousin at the time. Authorities have not ... Read More

School Bus Driver In Deadly Baltimore Crash Had History of Crashes, Seizures

The driver of a Baltimore school bus that collided head-on with a city transit bus, killing six people and injuring 11 others, had a record of previous crashes, had been suffering from seizures, lacked a valid driver’s license, and was speeding, federal crash investigators said. Driver Glen Chappell, who was among those killed in the crash, did not file his medical certificate allowing him to drive a school bus with the Maryland Vehicle Administration, which means he was operating the school bus illegally on Nov. 1, the day of the crash. Mr. Chappell was employed by AA Affordable Transportation, which ... Read More