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4 Attorneys, Pilot Killed in Airplane Crash Over Lake Okeechobee

Partners and lawyers at a Florida law firm are expressing shock after four of their colleagues were killed in a plane crash over Lake Okeechobee last Friday. Eric Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, a founding member of the Peterson Bernard law firm, perished in the crash, along with Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; Edwin “Ted” Mortell III, 54, of Stuart; and their pilot, Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach. The five were traveling on a Piper PA-23-250 airplane on a return flight from Tampa and were in the last stretches of ... Read More

NTSB Probing Deadly Tesla Underride Crash in Florida

The driver of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 was killed in Delray Beach, Florida, March 1 when the electrical vehicle hit the side of a tractor-trailer turning left. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that Jeremy Beren Banner, 50, was driving his Tesla southbound on State Road 7 when it struck the side of a tractor-trailer turning left onto the divided highway. The underride crash sheered the roof off the Tesla. Mr. Banner died at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of three investigators to look into the crash. The federal agency has taken an ... Read More

Amazon Prime Cargo Plane Crash Kills 3

A Boeing 767-300 cargo plane operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air crashed last weekend killing the three crew members who were on board including Capt. Sean Archuleta of Houston, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska of Antigua and Capt. Ricky Blakely of Indiana. The plane was en route from Miami when it crashed near Anahuac, Texas, approximately 40 miles southeast of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Video from a nearby jail recorded the last few seconds of the fatal flight. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash, and its chairman, Robert Sumwalt, confirmed ... Read More

NTSB Suspects Thermos Caused Deadly NYC Bus Crash

Federal investigators said a metal thermos that fell on the floor of a charter bus probably caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, sending it crashing through a Queens, New York intersection at a high rate of speed and into another bus. The collision killed three people. Analyzing surveillance video, vehicle data, and other information collected from the deadly bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it couldn’t definitively say whether the dropped thermos jammed the gas and brake pedals, but said evidence supports that conclusion. On the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, the Dahlia Group ... Read More

Three Dead After Ohio Medical Helicopter Crash

Three air medical crew members heading out to pick up a patient for transport on Tuesday were killed when their Bell 407 air ambulance helicopter crashed in a rural area of Ohio. The Survival Flight Inc., crew included pilot Jennifer Topper, 34; nurse Bradley Haynes, 48; and nurse Rachel Cunningham, 33. The helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area of Zaleski, near the Lake Hope State Park. The crash occurred after the historic two-month government shutdown ended and both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash. During the shutdown, the agencies ... Read More

NTSB Investigations Frozen During Government Shutdown

Dozens of major transportation accidents are going uninvestigated and others are being skipped entirely as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) remains almost completely furloughed during the government shutdown. Approximately 93 percent of the NTSB’s 397 employees are furloughed during the government shutdown, leaving just five investigators and a few support staff to keep key investigations afloat. Government documents obtained by CBS News show how the shutdown has prevented the NTSB from launching 74 accident investigations, including probes of 20 accidents resulting in 34 deaths and 18 injuries. Twelve of the transportation accidents going uninvestigated involve airplane crashes that resulted in ... Read More

NTSB: Casino Shuttle Boat Fire Caused by Poor Maintenance, Training

A fire that broke out aboard a Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz shuttle boat in Fort Richey, Florida, last year was the result of a deficient maintenance program and a lack of guidance in responding to high-temperature warning indicators, federal investigators said. On Jan. 14, 2018, the casino shuttle boat, a 72-foot-long vessel named the Island Lady, was transporting 53 people to the Tropical Breeze Casino boat about nine miles out in the Gulf of Mexico in international waters when a fire broke out onboard. With the casino shuttle filling with smoke, the captain managed to turn the vessel around and ... Read More

NTSB: Medical Plane Broke Apart in Mid-Air

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash of a medical airplane that broke apart in mid-air last month, killing three emergency responders near Bismarck, North Dakota. On Nov. 18, pilot Todd Lasky, 48, nurse Bonnie Cook, 63, and paramedic Chris Iverson, 47, were aboard a Cessna 441 operated by Bismarck Air Medical. The plane was headed to Williston, North Dakota, from Bismarck to pick up a patient when it crashed around 10:40 p.m. The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have not determined why the plane broke apart after it reached an altitude of about 14,000 feet, ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Kills Texas Newlyweds Departing Wedding

U.S. and Texas authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed a newlywed couple early Sunday morning after their Saturday wedding. William Troy Byler (“Will”) of Bellville, Texas, and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield, Texas, were just married when the helicopter in which they left their Oct. 3 wedding reception crashed in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the helicopter crash. Both Will and Bailee were students at Sam Houston State University. Will was an Agricultural Engineering ... Read More

NTSB: Columbia Gas’ Faulty Work Orders Led To Gas Pipeline Explosions

Faulty work orders Columbia Gas of Massachusetts issued to crews upgrading natural gas mains led to a series of explosions and fires that caused widespread property damages across three northern Massachusetts towns, killing one person and injuring 21 others, federal investigators found. In its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that work crews were taking a century-old cast-iron gas main out of service and replacing it with a new plastic main. However, Columbia Gas failed to instruct workers to deactivate pressure sensors. The sensors, detecting low pressure in the pipes, automatically ... Read More