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Nashville airplane crash kills four, narrowly misses YMCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) officials are investigating the cause of a Feb. 3 plane crash that killed four people and nearly collided with a YMCA building during one of its busiest times. Authorities said that a twin-prop Gulfstream 690C had missed its first approach to John C. Tune airport on the western edge of Nashville and crashed while circling the city in a second attempt at landing. The crash killed the pilot, identified as Glenn Mull, 62, his wife Elaine, 63, their daughter Amy Harter, 40, and granddaughter Samantha Harter, 16. ... Read More

NTSB safety officials want mandatory collision-avoidance systems in all vehicles

Federal safety officials are pushing the U.S. government to make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in all cars and trucks, saying that the technology exists and is accessible, but it won’t reach its full potential to save hundreds of lives and spare thousands more from crash injuries until it becomes as common as air bags and seat belts. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 35,000 people die on U.S. roads and highways every year. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials say that many of those fatalities could become a thing of the past if all vehicles had crash avoidance ... Read More

Corporate jet crash in suburban Atlanta kills two

Federal transportation agencies are investigating what caused a private business jet crash on a northwest Atlanta, Ga., road Tuesday evening, killing both people on board. According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, one of the people killed was 67-year-old Peter Mallen, the CEO of Mallen Industries, a specialty textile manufacturer based in Norcross, Ga. The other fatality was 23-year-old Emory University graduate Brittany McAuley, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The airplane, an eight-seat, twin-engine Raytheon 390 Premier I aircraft, was registered to Mallen Industries. The plane had taken off at 7:20 p.m. from Atlanta’s Fulton County Airport and was ... Read More

Mechanical problems likely caused deadly S.C. plane crash, NTSB says

TRENTON, S.C. – Federal investigators probing the deadly crash of a twin-engine airplane in the woods near Twin Lakes Airport northeast of Augusta, Ga., said mechanical failure was likely to blame. On Nov. 25, Richard Showalter,56, of Graniteville, S.C., had just taken off in a Piper Apache airplane that he had purchased just weeks before when the aircraft sputtered and lost engine power. The airplane crashed just after 6 p.m., killing Mr. Showalter, the sole occupant. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials said in a preliminary Dec. 5 report that at first the wreckage yielded no evidence of “pre-impact malfunction ... Read More

Most train engineers say nodding off on the job isn’t unusual

After the deadly crash of a Metro-North commuter train in the Bronx, N.Y. last Sunday morning, engineer William Rockefeller told Anthony Bottalico, general chairman of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE), that he had nodded off moments before the train rounded a sharp curve and derailed. Although Mr. Rockefeller’s admission may come as a surprise to commuters who ride the train to and from work every day, it actually underscores some very common problems among all transportation professionals who haul passengers: fatigue and “highway hypnosis.” National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman told NBC News that fatigue is an ... Read More

Asiana airplane crash hearing to focus on potential pilot awareness, mechanical systems

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials will hold a two-day investigative hearing December 10 to discuss the ongoing probe into the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214, which crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport July 6, killing three passengers and injuring 180. In addition to discussing the progress Asiana crash investigators have made, NTSB officials and other authorities will also focus on pilot awareness in highly automated aircraft, emergency response, and cabin safety. The Boeing 777 airplane was carrying 209 passengers and crew when it crashed after approaching the runway at a dangerously low altitude and airspeed. The ... Read More

Spotlight on Goodyear tires as possible cause of Kentucky school bus crash

LOUISVILLE, KY. — The company–owner of a school bus that spun out of control and crashed on a Louisville highway June 11 took legal action against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. this month to get its tires back from the manufacturer, which had been performing tests on them. According to the Courier-Journal, Commonwealth Bus Service filed a motion Oct. 10 asking a judge to force Goodyear to give the tires back. Commonwealth believes the tires could help investigators understand what caused the bus crash, which injured 32 of the 42 people on board, most of them Waggener High School students ... Read More

Firefighter won’t be charged in runway death of Asiana crash survivor

SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter facing potential criminal charges for accidentally running over and killing a plane crash survivor will not be charged for the girl’s death, San Mateo County’s District Attorney announced. Investigators believe 16-year-old Ye Mengyuan was tossed from Asiana flight 214 as it crash-landed and tumbled down the runway at San Francisco International Airport July 6. The Boeing 777 broke apart on impact and burst into flames. The crash injured 181 of the 307 people aboard, 12 of them critically. Three students, including Ms. Ye and her close friend Wang Linjia, lost their lives. Ms. Ye was one ... Read More

Indiana plane crash survivor’s brain injuries require long-term care, lawyer says

An Oklahoma man who survived an airplane crash in Indiana earlier this year likely won’t recover from the traumatic brain injuries he sustained, his lawyer told the Associated Press. Jim Rodgers of Tulsa, Okla., and his son-in-law Chris Evans were passengers in a private jet owned and piloted by Tulsa businessman Wes Caves, who employed Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Evans in his automotive coating business, Digicut Sales. Mr. Caves was killed when the Hawker Beechcraft jet crashed into some homes as it was making an emergency landing at South Bend Regional Airport March 17. Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve ... Read More

Feds can’t investigate horrific Tenn. bus crash amid government shutdown

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it would not investigate a deadly Tennessee bus crash because all of the agency’s highway investigators have been furloughed amid the government shutdown. The Oct. 3 crash occurred on Interstate 40 east of Knoxville, Tenn., leaving 8 people dead and injuring more than a dozen others. Sharon Bryson, deputy director of communications for the NTSB, told NBC News that it was “highly likely” the agency would have investigated the crash under normal circumstances, but stressed that it would be “impossible” to do with all of its investigators furloughed. Local authorities that responded to ... Read More