Harrison Ford plane suffered engine failure: investigators

Mar 11, 2015

Harrison Ford plane suffered engine failure: investigators

Harrison Ford’s airplane suffered engine failure shortly after takeoff, forcing him to perform a swift U-turn before hitting a tree and crashing onto a golf course, investigators said Tuesday. In a preliminary report into last week’s crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said the ...

Mar 5, 2015

U.S. may review 1959 airplane crash that killed Buddy Holly

U.S. transportation safety investigators said on Wednesday they are reviewing a request to reopen a probe into the 1959 airplane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson, better known as “The Big Bopper,” and their pilot. The original investigation 56 years ...

New York rail safety in spotlight after deadly crash

Feb 5, 2015

New York rail safety in spotlight after deadly crash

Safety on one of America’s busiest commuter rail services was under the spotlight Wednesday after a packed passenger train slammed into a jeep, killing six people north of Manhattan. It was the worst of three deadly crashes in less than two years on the ...

Jan 23, 2015

NTSB: Planes should have technologies so they can be found

After incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash. Responding in part to the disappearance ...

NTSB: Surviving pilot thrown free as spaceship broke apart

Nov 13, 2014

NTSB: Surviving pilot thrown free as spaceship broke apart

The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft and did not know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the re-entry braking system, federal investigators said Wednesday. In its update on the ...

Rocket plane's tail activated prematurely in fatal crash

Nov 4, 2014

Rocket plane's tail activated prematurely in fatal crash

A team investigating the fatal test-flight crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship found that its rotating tail, designed to ease re-entry into the atmosphere, was activated prematurely, and said pilot error could not be ruled out. The preliminary findings of the National Transportation ...

Feb 13, 2013

U.S. looks for microscopic flaws in 787 batteries

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is examining whether the Boeing 787′s lithium-ion battery problems were due to formation of microscopic structures called dendrites, which can cause overheating. The battery problems caused all Dreamliners to be grounded last month. Dendrites are tiny ...