National Transportation Safety Board

National Digest: Hot-air balloon pilot in crash that killed 16 was medically impaired

TEXAS<p>Hot-air balloon pilot impaired in crash<p>The pilot in the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history was probably impaired by Valium, opioids, and cold and allergy medicine when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tuesday.<p>Besides Valium and …

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NTSB says Benadryl impaired hot air balloon operator in deadly crash

<b>AUSTIN, Texas</b> -- Investigators say the pilot of a Texas hot air balloon that crashed and killed 16 people flew with enough Benadryl in his system to …

Aviation

Bad balloon pilots can fly 'under the radar': U.S. agency on crash that killed 16

Balloon pilots are not required to obtain a pilot medical certificate, unlike other pilots<p>The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday …

Aviation

Pilot's poor decision-making caused worst hot-air balloon crash in history, NTSB says

Aviation

Drone hits passenger plane for first time in North America

A drone collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada last week — the first time such a crash has happened in North America, transportation officials …

Aviation

Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?

When the owner of an automated Tesla was killed in a crash last year, the carmaker’s founder, Elon Musk, urged journalists to peer into the future.<p>“If, in writing some article that’s negative, you effectively dissuade people from using an autonomous vehicle,” Mr. Musk said, “you’re killing …

Transportation

Surge in Drone Safety Reports Prompts ‘Emergency’ Action at FAA

Reports of safety incidents involving civilian drones have surged to an average of 250 a month, leading to a federal "emergency" action to approve …

Drones

​Second Raider prototype to fly by early 2018

Sikorsky will fly its second S-97 prototype early next year, following the crash of the first Raider helicopter in August.

Aerospace

America Hasn’t Seen a Spike in Traffic Deaths This Bad in 50 Years

In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to official statistics recently released by U.S. DOT — a 5 percent increase …

Sustainable Transport

FAA Panel Split on Drone Tracking Details

The FAA’s panel of experts and law enforcement officials could not agree on the specifics of tracking civilian drones, such as what models should be …

Drones

Documentary Crew’s Night Vision Camera Captures Inquisitive Jim Harbaugh Poking Lens

ANN ARBOR, MI—Boasting that an incredible unplanned shot perfectly captured the true nature of the Michigan football head coach, a documentary crew …

Humor

FAA’s Panel Fails to Agree on Need for Drone Security Measures

A panel of industry and law enforcement officials couldn’t agree on how civilian drones should be tracked by authorities, adding uncertainty to the …

Drones

Prosecutors still pursuing charges against driver in Philly Amtrak crash

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's attorney general is still pursuing criminal charges against the driver of a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia in 2015, appealing a judge's decision last month to throw out the charges.<p>Attorney General Josh Shapiro's office said on Tuesday he had filed a …

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California to require bus passengers to buckle up for safety

It’s time for commercial bus passengers in California to buckle up.<p>A new state law, effective in July 2018, will require drivers of commercial buses, such as Greyhound, and their passengers in the state to wear seat belts or face fines — $20 for the first violation and $50 for the next. Parents …

Transportation

Feds Are Investigating a Crash Involving Drone, Army Helicopter

The drone collided with the Black Hawk helicopter east of Staten Island on Sept. 21.<p>Federal transportation officials are investigating a crash last month between a civilian-operated drone and an Army helicopter that was in New York to provide security for the United Nations General Assembly.<p>The …

Drones

A Phantom 4 drone hit a helicopter over New York and the drone came out worse

We’ve heard a lot over the last few years about aircraft coming uncomfortable close to consumer drones, but an actual collision took place recently …

Drones

BART hit with nearly $220,000 fine for 2013 worker deaths; blames management, safety culture

A state regulatory agency is slapping a nearly $220,000 fine on BART after concluding that its top management and safety culture were to blame for …

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Rose 5.6% in 2016

U.S. traffic fatalities surged nearly 6% last year, raising fresh concerns over impaired and reckless driving as Capitol Hill lawmakers weigh legislation to speed development of autonomous cars no longer needing human intervention.<p>The number of lives lost on U.S. roads increased 5.6% from 2015 to …

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U.S. Probing Collision Between Civilian Drone, Army Helicopter

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Sept. 21 collision of a civilian drone and a U.S. Army UH-60 helicopter east of Staten …

Drones

Drone's Collision With Army Helicopter Over New York Probed

Federal investigators have opened their first probe of a mid-air collision between a civilian drone and a traditional aircraft.<p>An Army UH-60 …

Drones

2 die in plane crash in eastern South Carolina

Two people have died in the crash of a small airplane in eastern South Carolina.<p>The Williamsburg County sheriff's office told local media that …

South Carolina

Small airplane makes emergency landing in water off Locust Beach near Bellingham

A small airplane landed in water off Locust Beach on Thursday after the pilot reported having engine trouble, according to the Whatcom County …

Aviation

Why self-driving cars are in the slow lane

You’re going to hear a lot about self-driving cars before they actually arrive.<p>I recently drove a demonstration vehicle Nissan outfitted to highlight …

Transportation

“A Tesla Crash, but Not Just a Tesla Crash”: NTSB Issues Final Report and Comments on Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash

According to a key member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), automakers may want to slow the rollout of automated features until they have a better understanding of how these new technologies are interacted with by human drivers, who still carry responsibility for monitoring the …

Tesla Model S

New Report Pinpoints Wreckage Area Of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight But Gives Families No Closure

The Australian government’s release Tuesday of a final report about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 three years ago sheds no new light about what happened to the aircraft and, sadly, provides no closure for grieving families and friends.<p>The 440-page report states that “the reasons …

Aviation

Private jet goes off runway at New Orleans airport Tuesday morning | NOLA.com

A private jet ran off the end of a runway Tuesday morning (Oct. 3) at Louis Armstrong International Airport. No one was injured and officials say …

Aviation

Cause of southern Oregon plane crash still under investigation

Investigations led by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are ongoing and who piloted the plane is also …

Aviation

10 Truly Devastating Disasters Caused By Sleep Deprivation

Though the reason that we need sleep continues to baffle scientists, there’s no denying that we require it to function efficiently. In the short …

List-Worthy

Coast Guard report: Captain errors led up to El Faro sinking

A Coast Guard report released Sunday says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship's strength.<p>The report said Capt. Michael Davidson should have changed the El …

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Self-Driving Systems Present Control Challenges

This summer, Audi held an elaborate media event in Spain to celebrate a new sedan that would allow drivers to let go of the wheel and pedal while in traffic jams and pay attention to something else.<p>The driverless technology heralded a new era for mainstream auto makers in their pursuit to create …

Transportation