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3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Suffered Engine Failure, Post-Crash Fire

Engine failure took down the Duke Life Flight helicopter earlier this month that killed all four people on board, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report says. One of the two engines “exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication” and “exhibited rotational nonuniform damage,” the report said. Investigators also found the engine’s bearing roller pins were worn down. Witnesses told NTSB investigators they saw dark smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was still in the air. One witness reported hearing a “popping noise” before it turned left, then right and began to descend. The witness said ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Pilot Dies in Fiery Medical Helicopter Crash

A PennSTAR medical helicopter fatally crashed on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. in New Castle, Delaware, ABC affiliate WPVI reported. The pilot, 37-year-old Michael R. Murphy from Franklinville, New Jersey, was the only person on board when the helicopter crashed. The Eurocopter EC135, registered with University of Pennsylvania Health System’s PennSTAR air transportation service, was conducting a training exercise and was not engaged in any life-saving operations when it crashed. The aircraft went down in an area behind a U.S. Post office, which is about a mile south of the New Castle County Airport. Murphy, according to NBC Philadelphia, was flying ... Read More

Plane crash in central Alabama kills Tennessee Family of Four

Federal investigators are in Hayden, Alabama, collecting crash debris and interviewing witnesses after an airplane carrying a family of four crashed on its way from Kissimmee, Florida, to Jackson, Tennessee, on the afternoon of Saturday, March 25. All four members of the Crenshaw family were killed in the plane crash. They have been identified as Joseph Crenshaw, his wife Jennifer, and their two children, 16-year-old Jacob, and 14-yer-old Jillian. According to WKRN Nashville, the Blount County Fire District said the airplane, a Cessna 210, may have started coming apart in the sky –a supposition based on the length of the ... Read More

NTSB Probe of Deadly Amtrak Crash Finds Drug Use, Lax Safety Culture

Federal investigators probing an Amtrak that crashed into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two railroad workers, turned up some troubling evidence of a lax safety culture at the railroad company, including drug use, communication errors, poor planning, and other serious failures. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) probe is ongoing, but investigators have determined that the train’s engineer, 47-year-old Alexander Hunter, tested positive for marijuana after the crash. Backhoe operator Joseph Carter Jr., 61, and supervisor Peter Adamovich, 59, were killed when the train struck them while traveling 100 mph. Mr. Carter tested positive for cocaine and Mr. ... Read More

Texas State Representative Wants NTSB’s Hot Air Balloon Probe In Public Eye

A Texas state representative from Lockhart, Texas, called upon federal investigators and lawmakers to hold a public investigative hearing on the hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people July 30 in a pasture outside of Lockhart. “As a former county commissioner and current state representative, I am no stranger to disaster, nor is our region,” Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, wrote in the American-Statesman. “In recent memory, we have endured floods, wildfires and transportation accidents. Yet none of this prepared me for what I witnessed on July 30 in a pasture outside of Lockhart.” The hot air balloon, operated by ... Read More

Deadliest Hot Air Balloon Crash In U.S. History Kills At Least 16

Federal investigators confirmed a hot air balloon crash in central Texas killed at least 16 people Saturday morning after becoming ensnared in high-voltage power lines transecting the field where the craft was attempting to land. There were no survivors. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials at the crash site in Lockhart, Texas, said that they will be looking into “three things – human, machine, and environment” to determine what caused the crash. Investigators have not identified the company that operated the balloon ride or the pilot, but the owner of the Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides told the ... Read More

NTSB Releases List of Most-Wanted Safety Improvements For 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sends investigators to the scene of dozens of air, rail, and highway disasters every year to determine what went wrong and to make recommendations for future safety improvements and other measures that could help save lives. But U.S. regulators and lawmakers don’t always heed the NTSB’s advice, and some recommendations can take years to implement, prompting the agency to compile a wish list of 10 broad safety improvements that it would most like to see become mandatory. Several of the NTSB’s most-wanted improvements underscore the potential of technology to prevent accidents, save lives, and ... Read More

Driver Reportedly Fatigued In Deadly Bay Area Greyhound Crash

Two women were killed and 18 passengers injured, at least one seriously, when a Greyhound bus bound for San Francisco from Los Angeles crashed and flipped over on U.S. Highway 101 northbound in San Jose Tuesday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it would be investigating the crash, which occurred around 6:40 a.m. during the final 30-mile stretch of the overnight trip. Passengers reported that the driver had been falling asleep at the wheel just before the crash, causing him to jerk the wheel and the bus to swerve. The bus, No. 86558, careened into construction barrels and flipped ... Read More