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2010-05-05 11:48:00

WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) supported a recommendation by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) for overwater safety equipment to be included on all commercial aircraft, regardless of route. The recommendation was made at this week's NTSB hearing on the probable cause for US Airways Flight 1549's emergency ditching on the Hudson River in 2009. The NTSB Safety Board praised the three flight attendants, represented...

2010-03-11 10:20:00

WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In a record breaking decision issued March 4, 2010, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) denied the Federal Aviation Administration's appeal challenging a decision by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to pay Air Trek, Inc., a Florida-based air ambulance operator, attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $120,169.35 pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA") 49 C.F.R., Section 826.1 et. seq. (NTSB Order No. EA-5510). The EAJA...

2010-02-26 16:46:00

HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a major aircraft accident occurs, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are en-route to the scene. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Tuesday, March 2, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Robert Sumwalt, the 37th board member of the NTSB, will present "An Insider's View of NTSB Accident Investigation" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. Sumwalt will discuss the...

2010-02-02 14:52:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing today is an important milestone in understanding what happened a year ago when Flight 3407 crashed outside Buffalo, New York, but it does not diminish the tragedy in which 50 people lost their lives. We want to reiterate our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the accident, including five of our employees. We want to make clear again that our pilots...

2010-01-20 12:11:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The engineer's use of a cell phone has been widely publicized in connection with the head on collision between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, Calif., in September 2008. Jim Hall, who served as Chairman of the NTSB from 1994 to 2001, expressed concern that focusing too much attention on the cell phone issue may detract from the real lesson to be learned from the Chatsworth collision. Hall believes that...

2009-12-17 12:33:00

Families of crash victims and safety groups praise major highway safety victory, urge Congress to swiftly send bill to President WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Safety advocates and families of victims of motorcoach bus crashes today heralded a U.S. Senate committee's approval of long-sought legislation to dramatically improve motorcoach safety for the millions of Americans who rely on this popular transportation mode. The Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act (S.554), introduced...

2009-11-18 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Seward Square Group, a new and innovative government relations firm in Washington, today proudly announces the appointment of James E. Hall as Of Counsel. As former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Mr. Hall brings highly valued expertise and strategic guidance in global transportation and infrastructure issues to bear on client solutions. "We are greatly honored to have Chairman Hall, a dedicated public servant and...

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2009-11-04 06:45:00

The recent incident involving a Northwest Airlines plane missing Minneapolis by 150 miles has spurred lawmakers to seek a ban on the use of laptops and other personal electronic devices in airline cockpits. Chairman of the aviation subcommittee, Sen. Byron Dorgan, said in an interview that his staff is busy drawing up a bill he hopes to introduce in about a week. After the incident on October 21, the senator was shocked to find that the Federal Aviation Administration does not already...

2009-10-26 16:49:00

ATLANTA, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today issued a statement regarding the company's cooperation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the investigation of Northwest Flight 188. Delta and its Northwest operating subsidiary continue to openly and fully cooperate with the NTSB and FAA to complete the investigation. The pilots in command of Northwest Flight 188 remain suspended until the...

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2009-10-22 07:30:00

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently alerted a number of federal agencies to the dangers of sleep apnea"”a sleep disorder that they say is being increasingly recognized as a factor in a variety of transportation mishaps. The board has already sent official letters to the US Coast Guard and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommending that drivers and ship pilots be questioned by medical examiners about the disorder and has suggested that they...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'