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Deadly NYC Helicopter Crash Reveals Major Safety Deficiencies

Safety harnesses aboard a Liberty Helicopters flight became a death trap for five passengers who drowned March 11 when their helicopter tour landed in New York City’s East River. The crash was the deadliest helicopter crash ever involving a doors-off helicopter, and the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary findings have already raised red flags in an industry that many say is dangerously underregulated. Videos of the helicopter accident show the aircraft splashing down in the water. Within seconds, the helicopter starts to list before turning over on its side and sinking. The pilot, Richard Vance, originally thought the helicopter was ... Read More

NTSB: 2015 Truck Crash Shows Need For Safety Improvements

A deadly collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV that killed six people and injured five in June 2016 demonstrates the need for federal regulators to implement 15 safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) “Most Wanted List” of transportation safety improvements, the agency said. The NTSB said the crash underscores the need for improvements in transportation-related safety issues concerning fatigue, vehicle occupant protection, and collision avoidance technology. In the early morning darkness of June 29, 2016, a seven-passenger SUV carrying 11 people was traveling on I-70 near Goodland, Kansas, when it was struck from behind by a ... Read More

NTSB: Passengers Evacuating Airplanes With Carry-Ons Pose Safety Risk

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is asking federal aviation regulators to consider what could be done to discourage commercial airline passengers from grabbing their carry-on bags in the event of fire or other runway emergency. The NTSB recently released its final report on American Airlines Flight 383, which experienced an “uncontained failure of the right engine and subsequent fire” during takeoff at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Oct. 28, 2016. While the NTSB determined the causes of the engine fire — microscopic fatigue cracks in a turbine disk that broke apart and pierced a fuel line and tank – ... Read More

Train Crash Probes Prompt Urgent NTSB Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued three urgent railroad safety recommendations amid its investigation of a deadly collision between an Amtrak train and a CSX freight train in South Carolina earlier this month and another ongoing train accident investigation. The NTSB, which is charged with investigating major transportation-related accidents, makes recommendations for safety improvements based on its findings, but it does not have the authority to enact or enforce new rules. Instead, the recommendations are issued to the proper regulatory authorities. On Thursday, Feb. 15, the NTSB issued one urgent safety recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ... Read More

Amtrak Crash Kills Two, Injures 116 In South Carolina

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a freight train Sunday morning near Columbia, South Carolina, killing two Amtrak employees and injuring 116 others. The deadly crash, Amtrak’s third fatal accident since its Cascades 501 train derailed south of Tacoma, Washington on Dec. 18, occurred about 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning in the town of Cayce, South Carolina. According to CBS News, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the collision killed Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, and conductor Michael Sella, 32. Mr. Kempf and Mr. Sella were among the 148 people aboard Amtrak 91, including 139 passengers ... Read More

Helicopter Crash-Lands in California Home

A Robinson R44 helicopter crash-landed in a residential area of Southern California Tuesday afternoon, killing three people on board and injuring two others, including a man on the ground, ABC News reported. The helicopter crashed into the side of a house located in a Newport Beach gated community, approximately a mile from the John Wayne Airport, where it took off. The crash is at least the third serious accident involving an R44 that has occurred in Southern California within a year, according to the LA Times. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating ... Read More

NTSB Recommends Four Railroad Safety Measures In Wake of 2015 Rail Accidents

Federal safety investigators recommended the railroad industry take four measures to improve rail safety based on its findings from two separate 2015 train accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its recommendations stem from its probe of a railroad accident in Kansas City, Kansas, that killed a Union Pacific employee in September 2015 and an oil train derailment in Heimdal, North Dakota, that released more than 96,000 gallons of crude oil into the environment in May 2015. In the Kansas accident, a Union Pacific Railroad foreman died after being struck by a remote-controlled train during switching operations at the ... Read More

Amtrak Sped Excessively Before Deadly Washington Derailment

The Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma, Washington, Monday morning, killing three people and injuring dozens of others, was traveling nearly three times the speed limit, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Amtrak’s Cascade Train 501 was speeding at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone as it entered an overpass in DuPont, where all but one of the train’s 14 cars careened off the tracks. At a news conference late Monday, NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said that investigators had retrieved the train’s event data recorder from the rear locomotive and are using ... Read More

NTSB Faults Captain in Sinking of El Faro Cargo Ship

The captain of the El Faro cargo ship could have steered the vessel out of harm’s way well before it encountered a Category 4 hurricane and sank in the Bahamas, killing all 33 crew members, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a meeting on the El Faro disaster in Washington D.C. Dec. 12 to go over its findings ahead of issuing its final report. While investigators determined that several factors played a role in causing the ship to sink Oct. 1, 2015, as it sailed from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, they placed most ... Read More

NTSB Finds Alarming Increase in Transportation Deaths in 2016

Transportation-related deaths in the U.S. increased across nearly all forms of transportation in 2016, but it’s the rising number of highway deaths that alarm safety experts. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 2,030 more people died in transportation-related accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway fatalities accounting for 95 percent of all the transportation deaths in 2016. NTSB data shows that 39,339 people were killed in transportation-related accidents last year, up from 37,309 deaths the previous year. In addition to the rise in highway deaths, fatalities also increased in the marine and railroad sectors. Only aviation deaths ... Read More