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2009-01-16 11:44:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today was officially selected to participate in the investigation of US Airways Flight 1549 being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent U.S. government agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation. AFA-CWA represents US Airways flight attendants, including the three flight...

2008-12-30 16:43:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued the following statement: As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues the investigation into the explosion that occurred in a Rancho Cordova neighborhood on Christmas Eve, PG&E is committed to providing investigators with all information that will assist them in determining the cause of the accident. "The community deserves answers," said Jack Keenan, PG&E...

2008-10-29 06:00:20

By Alan Levin WASHINGTON -- Federal accident investigators on Tuesday charged that the air-ambulance industry and its regulators have moved too slowly to halt the spate of accidents that has made 2008 the deadliest year in emergency medical helicopter history. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted for the first time to put safety enhancements for air-ambulance flights on its annual "Most Wanted" list of suggested improvements. Nine air-ambulance helicopters have crashed...

2008-10-24 06:00:16

By Alan Levin The pilots of an American Airlines flight carrying 185 passengers were forced to make an unusual emergency landing last month in Chicago with limited ability to control the jet after they lost electrical power, according to newly released information from a federal investigation. The Boeing 757 skidded off a runway at O'Hare International Airport on Sept. 22, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said. Although none of the 192 people aboard was injured, the...

2008-10-02 06:15:00

By Alan Levin The engineer of a Los Angeles commuter train that collided head-on last month with a freight train sent a text message only seconds before the deadly impact, possibly as he passed through a red signal, investigators reported Wednesday. The collision killed 25 and injured 135 people Sept. 12 at the start of rush hour on a Friday afternoon. Engineer Robert Sanchez, who died in the crash, had sent and received dozens of text messages while on duty that day, the National...

2008-10-01 15:00:31

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that a report on a 2006 incident involving broken runway lights in Miami was erroneous. NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz said the report posted Monday on the board's Web site represented an incomplete investigation into several broken runway lights at Miami International Airport on Dec. 26, 2006, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said. The report alleged that the pilots of British Airways Flight 209 were responsible for breaking the...

2008-09-30 16:00:00

The fatal crash of an emergency medical helicopter in Maryland Saturday shows the need for safety improvements in such flights, U.S. officials say. Four people were killed when a Maryland State Police chopper on a nighttime emergency flight carrying car crash victims came down in a suburban Washington park during foggy weather. It was the eighth such fatal medical helicopter crash in 12 months, CNN reported Tuesday. Those figures have prompted officials from the National Transportation...

2008-09-30 07:00:00

By Alan Levin Deaths on air ambulance flights -- including four fatalities over the weekend in Maryland -- have soared to record levels over the past year, prompting safety advocates to renew calls for stricter controls on medical airlifts. A Maryland State Police emergency medical helicopter crashed about midnight Saturday in a wooded park, amid fog, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The dead included a 17-year-old girl who had been injured in a car crash, the...

2008-09-29 09:00:57

By Nafeesa Syeed Associated Press DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. -- The pilot of a medical helicopter twice radioed for help in foggy weather before crashing Sunday, killing four of the five people on board in the latest of a growing number of air ambulance accidents, authorities said. The medical helicopter was carrying victims of a traffic accident when it went down in a suburban Washington park. It was the deadliest medevac helicopter accident in Maryland since the state police began flying...

2008-09-26 03:00:25

By Anonymous AVIATION SAFETY The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) commended Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its final rule on reducing fuel tank flammability in transport category airplanes. The issue has been on the board's Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements since 2002, and NTSB Chair Mark Rosenker says the rule "represents a significant step toward avoiding future aviation accidents of this nature." NTSB said the rule is a result of the board's...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.