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Alaska Flightseeing Plane Crash Kills Four; Fifth Person Missing

Four people are dead and a fifth is missing but presumed dead after a sightseeing plane crashed on a steep mountain face in Alaska’s Denali National Park Saturday evening. The de Havilland Beaver flightseeing airplane operated by K2 Aviation was carrying four tourists from Poland and pilot Craig Layson when it crashed Saturday, Aug. 4 about 6 p.m. The airplane took off from Talkeetna Saturday evening for a tour of Kahiltna Glacier when it crashed about 14 miles southwest of Mt. Denali (formerly named Mt. McKinley). The plane crashed near the top of Thunder Mountain, a mile-long ridge with an ... Read More

Sen. McCaskill Seeks Duck Boat Safety Measures

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has drafted new legislation that would require the duck boat industry to implement safety measures that could prevent the amphibious vehicles from sinking like the one that killed 17 people in her home state July 19. McCaskill bases her proposed legislation on recommendations the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged nearly two decades ago after the Miss Majestic duck boat sank in Arkansas, killing 13 people. Those recommendations included adding flotation measures that would keep the duck boats upright and afloat when flooded and getting rid of the overhead canopies that can trap people underwater ... Read More

Aeromexico Flight Crashes, 85 Injured

An Embraer E190 airplane owned and operated by Aeromexico crashed shortly after taking off from the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, according to Business Insider. The plane was bound for Mexico City. Although there were no fatalities, 85 of the 103 people on board at the time were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. As of Thursday, 64 of the injured people had been released from the hospital. Those on board included 97 passengers and four crew members. After a brief ascent, passengers recalled hearing a “bang” just before the plane’s left wing ... Read More

NTSB: Cleveland Plane Crash That Killed Six Likely Caused by Pilot Fatigue, Inexperience

A pilot’s inexperience combined with fatigue were likely causes of a 2016 plane crash that killed all six people aboard when it plunged into Lake Erie, federal investigators say. On Dec. 29, 2016, pilot Frank Fleming, who was the CEO of Superior Beverage Company in Columbus, Ohio, took off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland in a Cessna 525. With him were his wife Sue, 46, sons Jack, 15, and Andrew, 14; family friend Brian Casey, 50; and Mr. Casey’s daughter Megan, 19. The family and their friends had flown to Cleveland to celebrate Mr. Fleming’s birthday at a Cavaliers game. ... Read More

Duck Boat Co. Didn’t Address Sinking and Drowning Dangers, Inspector Says

Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, July 19, killing 17 people, have major design flaws that put them at risk of sinking – and their occupants at risk of drowning – a private inspector warned the duck boat operator less than a year ago. Steve Paul, owner of the St. Louis-based inspection service company Test Drive Technologies, told the Associated Press he issued Ride the Ducks Branson a written report in August 2017 explaining how the boat’s engines could easily fail in inclement weather, which could cause the vessel to sink. Mr. Paul told the AP ... Read More

NTSB Final Report, 2016 Alabama Medical Helicopter Crash

In March 2016, a Haynes Ambulance LifeFlight medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area in Southeast Alabama, according to the Jere Beasley Report. The air ambulance was transporting a motor vehicle accident (MVA) victim to a hospital in Montgomery. Darkness, rain and fog hampered the search for the downed flight, which wasn’t discovered for seven hours. The pilot, flight nurse, flight medic and MVA victim were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash and released its final report last month. The investigation determined that pilot error combined with inadequate oversight by the operational control center (OCC) was ... Read More

NTSB Miami Bridge Collapse Report Underscores Cracks

Federal investigators probing a Miami pedestrian bridge collapse that happened during the construction process, killing six people on a busy road below, said they are evaluating the emergence of cracks on the bridge, among other clues. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicated in its preliminary report of the March 15 bridge collapse that cracks that had appeared on the north and south ends of the bridge, noted by construction workers in the days before the collapse, could hold the key to understanding what went wrong. The pedestrian bridge was being constructed over eight lanes of SW 8th Street. Slated ... Read More

NTSB Calls For Seat Belts in All New School Buses

Spurred by its findings in two recent deadly school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for lap and shoulder seat belts in all new school buses. It’s the first time the agency has called for a requirement that would eventually lead to seat belts being present in all school buses. Requiring seat belts in school buses has long been a widely debated but unresolved safety issue. Studies have shown lap and shoulder seat belts would save lives in some crashes but could prove fatal in others. This trade-off has led to years of debate resulting in ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Has Missing Fan Blade, Investigators Say

Federal investigators said they have found evidence of a missing fan blade in the engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing Tuesday, April 17 in Philadelphia. The Southwest Boeing 737-700 was flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas when its left engine exploded, shattering a window and fatally injuring passenger Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two and Wells Fargo executive from Albuquerque. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that someone found a Southwest Airlines engine cowling, the outer covering of the engine, on the ground ... Read More

Wing detachment eyed in Deadly Flight School Plane Crash

Federal investigators probing a plane crash that killed an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student and his flight instructor in Daytona Beach last week said they are focusing on the aircraft’s wing after multiple witnesses said they saw the wing fall off the plane during flight. Air traffic controllers and other witnesses said the Piper PA-28R-201 airplane spun out of control after its wing detached. The incident occurred while the plane was in “cruise climb” following takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport. The plane crashed into a cow pasture about a half mile from the airport, killing 25-year-old Zach Capra and flight ... Read More