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'No evidence' of pre-collision fire in deadly California crash: NTSB

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) - An investigation into the northern California crash between a FedEx truck and bus that killed 10 people last week has turned up "no evidence" of a pre-collision fire, contrary to a witness report, authorities said on Sunday. A witness in a car the truck clipped before crashing into the bus reported flames shooting from underneath the truck's cab before the fatal collision. Further investigation found no evidence of that, said Mark Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member.

Driver in New York train crash suffered from sleep disorder

New York, Apr 7 (EFE).- The driver of the commuter train that went off the tracks last December in New York leaving four people dead was suffering from an undiagnosed disorder, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. William Rockefeller, 46, was suffering from severe sleep apnea, according to documents of the investigation published by the NTSB. The driver admitted after the accident that he was dozing off just before the crash, which occurred when the train took a sharp curve at almost triple the permitted speed.

National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman leaving agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman is leaving the agency to become president of the National Safety Council, the NTSB said on Tuesday. Hersman, who has been chairwoman of the NTSB since 2009, will step down on April 25. The National Safety Council, a non-profit organization chartered by Congress, seeks to use education and research to prevent accidental injury and death. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Bill Trott)

NTSB chief Hersman to step down, join safety group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, said on Tuesday she is leaving what she called her "dream job" to lead a safety advocacy group. Hersman, 43, will become president and CEO of the National Safety Council, the group said in a statement. Christopher Hart, the board's vice chairman, will take over as acting chairman when Hersman leaves on April 25, the NTSB said.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman to leave accident investigations board to head safety council

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the nation's transportation accident investigations board is leaving to become the president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Forty-three-year-old Deborah Hersman said in a blog Tuesday that her nearly 10 years at the National Transportation Safety Board have been "a great ride," but she is moving on to the second "dream job" of her career.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman to leave accident investigations board to head safety council

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the nation's transportation accident investigations board is leaving to become the president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Forty-three-year-old Deborah Hersman said in a blog Tuesday that her nearly 10 years at the National Transportation Safety Board have been "a great ride," but she is moving on to the second "dream job" of her career.

Hearing on Asiana crash postponed due to snowstorm

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- An investigative hearing on the cause of an Asiana Airlines passenger jet crash in late July has been postponed due to inclement weather in the Washington, D.C. area, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The NTSB was scheduled to open the two-day hearing at its headquarters here in a bid to gather more facts associated with the crash landing of the Asiana Flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport.

Initial probe on Asiana jet crash nearing end: official

SEJONG, July 12 (Yonhap) -- An initial investigation into the crash-landing of Asian Flight 214 in San Francisco is nearing an apparent end, though it will take several more months to find out what exactly caused the accident that killed two passengers while injuring some 180 others, a government official said Friday.

US probes pilot texting in fatal helicopter crash

The US government is investigating pilot texting in the 2011 crash of an emergency medical helicopter that killed all four people onboard. At a public hearing Tuesday, officials of the National Transportation Safety Board revealed evidence suggesting that text messaging by the pilot contributed to the crash near Mosby, Missouri. NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman said the accident "juxtaposes old issues of pilot decision making with a 21st century twist: distractions from portable electronic devices."

NTSB chides Boeing over 787 battery briefing

The US National Transportation Safety Board on Friday criticized Boeing for commenting about the 787 battery investigation last week without the board's authorization. The NTSB, which is leading the probe, said that what Boeing told journalists in its upbeat March 15 progress update represented the 787 maker's own views, and did not have the board's prior approval.
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