Articles tagged “ntsb”

Regulators Want Airlines and Manufacturers to Invest in Tech to Reduce Near Misses

Regulators Want Airlines and Manufacturers to Invest in Tech to Reduce Near Misses

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Airplane travel is extremely safe. But in recent years, there have been a few close calls that should not have happened, including what could have been a disaster last year in San Francisco. It's a good thing the NTSB is taking safety seriously.

1 year ago

Uber Hires Former Top NTSB Official as it Faces Federal Accident Probe

Uber Hires Former Top NTSB Official as it Faces Federal Accident Probe

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has wasted no time in deepening the ridesharing service's relationships in Washington. Bringing on board the former chairman of the NTSB as it faces an investigation into a woman's death involving a driverless car shows his commitment to put Uber's rocky past behind it.

1 year ago

Failed Southwest Jet Engine Inspected 7 Times But With Older Methods

Failed Southwest Jet Engine Inspected 7 Times But With Older Methods

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

A preliminary report from safety regulators about the engine that tore apart on an April 17 Southwest flight did not draw any conclusions, leading to more questions about any potential abnormalities that may have caused the incident. But any transparency like this so soon afterward is better than the opposite.

1 year ago

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Air travel in the U.S. has had a remarkable safety record in recent years. But there is clearly room for improvement. While the type of engine failure that killed a Southwest passenger is rare, a thorough investigation — followed by action — is essential to prevent it from happening again.

2 years ago

Trump Erroneously Takes Credit for 2017 Airline Safety Mark

Trump Erroneously Takes Credit for 2017 Airline Safety Mark

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The buck stops in the oval office, but Trump had absolutely no influence over aviation safety in 2017. Let's see how the President's drive to reduce regulation impacts aviation safety this year, and whether an infrastructure law gets passed that invests in modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.

2 years ago

NTSB Wants to Know Why a Delta Jet Nearly Landed on a Taxiway

NTSB Wants to Know Why a Delta Jet Nearly Landed on a Taxiway

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Air travel has never been safer. But in recent months, we've seen more reports than we would like about airliners almost landing in the wrong place. Let's hope we hear of fewer incidents in the future.

2 years ago

Once-Rejected FAA Software Upgrade May Prevent Planes From Landing on Taxiways

Once-Rejected FAA Software Upgrade May Prevent Planes From Landing on Taxiways

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The National Transportation Safety Board had a solution six years ago that would have mitigated the risks of an aircraft landing on a crowded taxiway but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration failed to act. No, this does not mean we need to privatize air traffic control.

2 years ago

NTSB Probes How Air Canada Plane Nearly Landed on Taxiway

NTSB Probes How Air Canada Plane Nearly Landed on Taxiway

David Koenig, Associated Press

We've seen before how incidents such as this and actual crashes have led to healthy air-safety reforms so hopefully something positive will emerge from the Air Canada near-miss, as well.

2 years ago

TWA Flight 800: Healing and Heartache 20 Years Later

TWA Flight 800: Healing and Heartache 20 Years Later

Frank Eltman, Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board has consistently rejected the idea that a missile took down TWA Flight 800. Remembering and learning from such tragedies is a vital part of the legacies.

3 years ago

NTSB Probes Delta Flight That Landed at Wrong Airport

NTSB Probes Delta Flight That Landed at Wrong Airport

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Pilots landing flights at the wrong airport happens more often that you'd think -- or be comfortable with.

3 years ago

Southwest, Asiana Flights Should Have Aborted Landings, NTSB Documents Show

Southwest, Asiana Flights Should Have Aborted Landings, NTSB Documents Show

Alan Levin and Mary Sschlangenstein, Bloomberg

The approach or touchdown is the leading cause of aviation accidents and deaths. In the case of the now-fired Southwest pilot, several other pilots had complained about her prior to the LaGuardia incident.

5 years ago

New NTSB Chairman is Licensed Pilot

New NTSB Chairman is Licensed Pilot

Mark Felsenthal, Reuters

Christopher Hart is a licensed pilot, and so was his great uncle, who crashed the color barrier for pilots in the U.S. Hart's in-the-cockpit experience is certainly an asset at his NTSB position.

5 years ago