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NTSB Blames Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots for Deadly Crash in San Diego in 2015

national border patrol councilBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A deadly mid-air collision between two planes in San Diego in 2015 was the fault of pilots and air traffic controllers, the National Transportation Safety Board reports.

The new report lays most of the blame on air traffic controllers, 10 News reports. 

Moments before the collision between a Sabreliner jet and a Cessna, which killed five people, an air traffic control trainee was overwhelmed while getting on-the-job training.

A controller is limited to handling seven aircraft, but on this day, the workload was nine. NTSB concluded that the controller told the pilot of the Cessna to make a 360-degree turn, which resulted in the collision.

Some of the blame also belongs to the pilots, who could have avoided the collision, the report states. The pilots should have shown more “situational awareness,” which would have enabled them to “take evasive action in time to avert the collision.”

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NTSB Recommends School Buses Use Seat Belts to Protect Children

school-busBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is now acknowledging that children would be safer on school buses if they had seat belts.

Safety officials previously said seat belts aren’t necessary because the seats are tall, strong and closed spaced.

But after reviewing several deadly bus accidents, NTSB says the compartmentalization of the seats is no longer sufficient to protect children during side-impact collisions and rollovers, FOX23 reports. 

NTSB said seat belts would decrease the chances of injuries and could even save lives.

NTSB is recommending that school use three-point seat belts when buy new buses for students.

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NTSB Investigating Chattanooga Bus Crash that Killed 5 Children

The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was arrested.

The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was arrested.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga after authorities said the driver was going “well above” the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

The crash killed five elementary school children on Monday, and the bus driver was arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, WBIR reports. 

Johnthony Walker, 24, of Chattanooga only had his commercial license for about seven months, according to the NTSB.

Twelve students remained in the hospital a day after the crash.

Police said the driver was speeding on a narrow, winding road.

The NTSB is expected to be in Chattanooga for 7 to 10 days.

Report: Engineer of Commuter Train That Crashed in New Jersey Had Medical Condition

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The engineer of the commuter train that crashed into a New Jersey rail station, killing a woman, suffered from a form of sleep apnea, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Thomas Gallagher, 48, said he has no memory of the crash at the Hoboken station on Sept. 29 as the train was traveling twice the 10 mph speed limit, The New York Daily News reports.

Gallagher wasn’t diagnosed with sleep apnea until later the crash.

The crashed injured 108 on the train and platform.

“My client was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea just recently, during an examination by an expert that I arranged after the accident,” Gallagher’s attorney, Jack Arseneault, told WCBS-TV in a statement. “Those results were forwarded to the NTSB on Oct. 31.

NTSB Investigates Bus Crash That Killed 6, Injured 10 in Baltimore

An MTA bus

An MTA bus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a deadly crash in Baltimore that occurred after a school bus veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Maryland Transit Administration bus.

Six people were killed and 10 were injured Tuesday morning, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Four passengers and both bus drivers were killed in the crash, and an additional two passengers were in critical condition.

The school bus was not carrying any students.

“It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus,” police spokesman T.J. Smith said. “It’s catastrophic damage.”

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the bus driver to veer into the opposite lane. They plan to interview a school bus aide who sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The school bus driver was a 67-year-old man. 

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Bus in Fatal Crash in California Had Tires Out of Compliance

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bus that crashed into a semi-truck near Palm Springs, killing 13 people Sunday, was using tires that were too worn by industry standards, federal official announced Tuesday.

It’s not yet clear whether the tires contributed to the crash, the Orange County Register reports. 

Because of the tires, the bus would have been “placed out of service” if it had been inspected, said board member Earl Weener said at a news conference.

Four of the eight tires lacked enough tread to comply with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Investigators also are reviewing the bus’s braking system.

The 59-year-old driver was among 13 killed.

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NTSB to Investigate Bus Crash That Killed 13, Injured 31 in California

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tour bus crash that killed 13 people and injured 31 others in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., early Sunday.

NTSB made the announcement on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The bus was returning from the Red Earth Casino near Salton Sea when it collided with a big rig on the 10 Freeway.

According to officials, the truck was traveling slowly because workers were strangling power lines across the freeway. That’s when investigators say the bus slammed into the back of the trailer at a high rate of speed.

It’s unclear why the bus didn’t slow down.

Investigators Say Small Plane Crash in Connecticut Appears to Be ‘Intentional Act’

East Hartford, Conn.

East Hartford, Conn.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are coming to a chilling conclusion about the small plane crash in East Hartford, Conn.: It appears to be “the result of an intentional act,” the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

The NTSB plans to hand over the case to the FBI, ABC News reports. 

Earlier Wednesday, the agency said, “If there is reason for us to believe that a criminal event has occurred, then we will take formal steps to transfer the investigation to the FBI.”

The crash killed a student pilot and seriously injured the instructor when the plane hit a utility pole and caught fire.

Investigators are looking into information that the student pilot was a Jordanian national.

“We are in touch with the relevant U.S. authorities on this matter as they undergo their investigation,” the Embassy of Jordan in Washington D.C. wrote in a statement.

The FBI has been interviewing the surviving flight instructor, Arian Prevalla, 43, who was upgraded to fair condition from critical condition Wednesday.

The family of Prevalla said they don’t have much information.

“We are all, of course, glad he survived. As of now, we have not been able to speak to him because the FBI was still questioning him.”