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Pilots Killed in Greenville, SC Charter Plane Crash Weren’t Properly Certified

A deadly plane crash at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina last month was likely caused, at least in part, by inadequate pilot training and certification, federal investigators found. The Sept. 27 plane crash killed pilot John Christian Caswell, 49, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and his co-pilot, Stephen George Fox, of Indian Rocks, Florida. Two passengers – a wife and husband – were critically injured. Video footage of the accident shows the Dassault Falcon 50 jet landing on runway 19 at GMU before plunging off an embankment at the end of the landing strip. The crash caused the mid-size ... Read More

Limo Involved In Horrific Crash Was Operating Illegally

The limo that crashed in Upstate New York last weekend, killing all 18 people riding inside and two pedestrians, was unfit to drive and on the road illegally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Speaking at a press conference Monday, Gov. Cuomo said the limo involved in the horrific crash, which U.S. officials say is the deadliest transportation-related accident in nearly a decade, failed a safety inspection just last month. “The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road,” Gov. Cuomo said. Additionally, the limo driver, identified by investigators as Scott Lisnicchia, 53, did ... Read More

NTSB Addresses Surge in Pedestrian Deaths

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on three federal agencies to address an alarming surge in pedestrian fatalities in recent years. Between 2009 and 2016, pedestrian deaths ballooned nearly 50 percent to 5,987 – the highest level since 1990. Pedestrian deaths are expected to be about the same in 2017, based on preliminary data the NTSB has reviewed so far. More than 130,000 pedestrians were injured – some critically – in traffic-related accidents in 2016, federal safety numbers indicate. “There is a real face to this,” NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt said at the agency’s meeting on the ... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Safety Bill Moves to U.S. Senate for Vote

A bill that would require commercial hot air balloon pilots to undergo medical exams in much the same way other commercial aviators do cleared the House and landed in the U.S. Senate for approval. The proposed bill comes two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 15 passengers and the pilot in Lockhart, Texas. Federal investigators discovered that the pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols had a history of medical conditions including depression, chronic pain, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before the July 30, 2016, hot air balloon crash, Mr. Nichols took a slew of prescription drugs, ... Read More

Crash-Avoidance Mandate for Tractor-Trailers Nowhere In Sight

Crash-avoidance systems on tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles could potentially save thousands of lives per year, mitigate crash severity and injuries, and reduce property damages, yet Congress has failed to mandate the technology despite an alarming increase in tractor-trailer crash deaths. The Kansas City Star examined the issue of crash-avoidance technology in tractor-trailers in a recent report, noting that for 20 years the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has repeatedly urged federal regulators to mandate crash-avoidance systems in trucks, yet no action has been taken, let alone proposed. In 2016, more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers ... Read More

Nissan Recalls 215,000 Vehicles Over Brake Seal Fire Risk

Nissan has announced a recall of more than 215,000 model-year 2015-2018 cars and SUVs to fix a defect that could cause anti-lock brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board and start a fire or malfunction. The recall covers the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2017 Infiniti QX60. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall documents, the problem stems from the antilock braking system’s actuator pump seal. The seal may allow brake fluid to leak out onto the electronic circuit board causing a short in the ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Charter Jet’s Near Landing on Philadelphia Taxiway

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report of a near miss at Philadelphia International Airport in August in which a private charter jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four commercial passenger planes. The NTSB’s investigation of the near miss remains ongoing and it could take several more months for the investigative agency to wrap up its probe of the Aug. 10 incident, but the early report provides some harrowing detail of what looks like a pilot error that could have turned into a major catastrophe. According to the NTSB report, PEGJET Flight 19, a Gulfstream ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More

Trucking Firm Involved in Deadly Greyhound Bus Crash Had Other Recent Crashes

The trucking company whose tractor-trailer collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico last week has a history of crashes and safety violations, a pair of lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly crash contend. According to CBS News, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs suing JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, says federal safety data shows the company’s commercial trucks were involved in three crashes in the last two years. The previous two crashes resulted in two injuries but no fatalities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data indicates. Investigators say the Aug. 30 crash occurred when the tractor-trailer experienced a tire ... Read More

Maryland Natural Gas Explosion Victims Waiting for Answers

More than two years after a natural gas explosion destroyed a Maryland apartment building, killing seven people and injuring dozens more, residents are still waiting for the results of a federal investigation. Residents of the Flower Branch Apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland, complained repeatedly about the smell of natural gas on the premises before one of the buildings exploded just before midnight on Aug. 10, 2016. The natural gas explosion leveled much of the building, killing Saeda Ibrahim, 41; Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53; Aseged Mekonen, 34; Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez ... Read More