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2008-09-16 06:00:01

By Alan Levin The deadly head-on train collision in Los Angeles last week could have been prevented with new safety technology, government safety advocates and lawmakers said Monday. The death toll climbed to 26 Monday as one of the severely injured survivors died, said Kitty Higgins, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member assigned to the scene. At least 135 people were injured, including 40 critical cases, Higgins said. It appeared that the engineer of a Metrolink...

2008-09-15 09:00:06

By Randal C. Archibold New York Times News Service LOS ANGELES -- Federal investigators plan to subpoena the cell phone records of the engineer who is said to have been exchanging text messages in the minutes before his commuter train ran through a red signal and smashed into a freight train here Friday, killing 25 people. Kitty Higgins, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation, said Sunday that the agency would subpoena the records and...

2008-09-14 21:00:05

By Rachel Uranga Shortly before 4:23 p.m. Friday, a dispatcher in a remote Metrolink control room tried desperately to reach the crew of train 111. A flashing error message popped up on the screen, signaling something went wrong near a stretch of track where the Metrolink driver was supposed to stop at a rail signal. A dispatcher, fearing the worst, put in an urgent call to let the engineer know he might have run a red light. The call came in, but it was too late: The worst commuter...

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2008-08-30 12:05:00

By Joan Lowy / Associated Press Two airliners were one minute from colliding when at least one of the planes turned away from the other over the Caribbean this week, federal authorities said Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating an incident in which a Delta Air Lines flight and a Russian-registered passenger jet were heading toward each other Thursday north of Puerto Rico when cockpit alarms went off. The NTSB said the pilot of the Russian plane -- a...

2008-08-18 00:00:27

By Manju V MUMBAI: On February 13 this year, flight 1002 of Go!, an airline based in the US, flew past its destination airport, General Lyman Field in Hawaii by about 26 nautical miles. The Bombardier CL-600 with 40 passengers on board did not respond to air traffic control instructions. A subsequent investigation by the US's National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed that both the pilots had unintentionally fallen asleep. "The pilots were on the third day of a strip schedule...

2008-08-12 15:00:46

By Copyright 2008 Albuquerque Journal By Richard Metcalf Journal Staff Writer Pilot error appears to have caused the recent crash of an Eclipse 500 jet at a small airport in Pennsylvania, according to a preliminary report by federal investigators. The twin-engine light jet was too high and traveling too fast on its approach to the runway at Brandywine Airport in suburban Philadelphia, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. No one was hurt in the July 30 crash, although...

2008-08-02 15:00:17

CHICAGO, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jim Hall, former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Counsel to the Nolan Law Group issued the following statement today: At his press availability in Minnesota Friday morning, NTSB Member Steven Chealander revealed that there was no flight data recorder (FDR) installed on the Hawker 800 that crashed in Owatonna, MN, on Thursday morning. Fortunately, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) will provide some limited...

2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Ken Kaye, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 22--A home-built plane powered by a Chevy Corvette engine crashed at North Perry Airport this month after it lost power and the pilot turned sharply in an apparent attempt to land, a National Transportation Safety Board report released Monday said. That turn put the wings almost perpendicular to the ground and caused the Lancair IV-P to lose lift -- or "stall" in aviation terms -- when it was 150 feet in the air, the safety board said....

2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Ken Kaye, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 22--A home-built plane powered by a Chevy Corvette engine crashed at North Perry Airport this month after it lost power and the pilot turned sharply in an apparent attempt to land, a National Transportation Safety Board report released Monday said. That turn put the wings almost perpendicular to the ground and caused the Lancair IV-P to lose lift -- or "stall" in aviation terms -- when it was 150 feet in the air, the safety board said....

2008-07-21 18:00:34

By Ken Kaye, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 21--A small home-built plane crashed at North Perry Airport on July 7 after its Chevy Corvette engine lost power and the pilot attempted to make an extremely sharp turn back to the runway, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released on Monday. That turn, putting the wings almost perpendicular to the ground, apparently caused the plane to stall, meaning its wings lost lift when it was only 150 feet above the...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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