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March 13, 2014

New numbers from Wednesday’s building collapse in NYC

  • 7 people have been confirmed killed by an explosion that left two East Harlem buildings in ruins on Wednesday morning, and rescuers continue to dig through the remains in search of survivors.
  • 5 people are still missing and more than 60 people have been treated for injuries as a result of the explosion. The New York Fire Department, NYPD and National Transportation Safety Board are now working to determine an official cause for the explosion, which is currently being blamed on a gas main leak. source
13:58 // 4 months ago
July 13, 2013
Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft. The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today’s incident.
The NTSB, in a press release revealing that an intern released falsely confirmed the obviously-fake Asiana Airlines pilot names to KTVU earlier today. By the way, KTVU is far from the only San Francisco-area station that’s had blunders or embarrassing moments on air, but in most of those cases, there wasn’t obvious racism playing a factor. (Edit to clarify.)
1:03 // 1 year ago
December 13, 2011

For fans of questions, here’s a timely one — regarding a proposed ban on cell-phone usage by drivers, suggested by the National Transportation Safety Board. Think this is a good idea? Vote above, and feel free to comment, via the Quipol tool above

20:12 // 2 years ago
September 24, 2011
Early investigation: Mechanical failure may have caused Reno crash
A tiny part of the plane might have gone missing. Competitive planes such as Jimmy Leeward’s Galloping Ghost are often highly-customized to help them move quicker and more efficiently. One of those part is the “elevator trim tab,” a piece of the plane that helps neutralize controls during a flight — something which comes in handy more than usual if, say, you regularly fly more than 500 miles per hour, like you might in a racing plane. In planes like Leeward’s, not having that piece would have made maneuvering the plane very difficult, and may have forced the plane to pitch severely upward. It might have even caused him to black out just before the crash itself. While the NTSB’s own report was vague, those in the aviation community suggest this combination of things caused Leeward to black out, leading to the crash. In the photo above, the part appears to be missing from the plane, so it’s entirely feasible. source
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A tiny part of the plane might have gone missing. Competitive planes such as Jimmy Leeward’s Galloping Ghost are often highly-customized to help them move quicker and more efficiently. One of those part is the “elevator trim tab,” a piece of the plane that helps neutralize controls during a flight — something which comes in handy more than usual if, say, you regularly fly more than 500 miles per hour, like you might in a racing plane. In planes like Leeward’s, not having that piece would have made maneuvering the plane very difficult, and may have forced the plane to pitch severely upward. It might have even caused him to black out just before the crash itself. While the NTSB’s own report was vague, those in the aviation community suggest this combination of things caused Leeward to black out, leading to the crash. In the photo above, the part appears to be missing from the plane, so it’s entirely feasible. source

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18:31 // 2 years ago
September 17, 2011

Reno Air Races press conference: Here’s the latest on the deadly crash

  • nine number of people killed during yesterday’s crash; it’s unknown if this total will rise
  • 69 number of people treated for injuries at local hospitals; 54 were brought there by medics
  • 31 number of people admitted for their injuries; eight patients in critical condition source

» Crater left by plane crash: A three-foot deep, eight-foot wide crater was left by the plane crash, according to Chief investigator Howard Plagens. Meanwhile, NTSB member Mark Rosekind says that the focus right now is gathering factual information, not analyzing it. He says that although the crash took seconds to happen, retracing its steps will take months. (information gathered via live press conference)

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21:43 // 2 years ago
Mark Rosekind of the NTSB speaks during a press conference regarding the Reno Air Races crash on Saturday. Check out our recap of the press conference over here.

Mark Rosekind of the NTSB speaks during a press conference regarding the Reno Air Races crash on Saturday. Check out our recap of the press conference over here.

(Source: abclocal.go.com)

21:08 // 2 years ago