National Transportation Safety Board http://apr.org en No Distress Calls Made Before Alabama Plane Crash http://apr.org/post/no-distress-calls-made-alabama-plane-crash <p></p><p>Federal investigators say no distress calls were made by crew members before their plane crashed shortly after takeoff at Huntsville's airport, killing three people on board.</p><p>A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says witnesses saw the 10-seat Westwind II aircraft climb to an estimated 50 to 200 feet, then roll to the right before it crashed June 18.</p><p>The NTSB report released Wednesday says the crew was doing training maneuvers, and the purpose was proficiency exams for two pilots.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:40:56 +0000 The Associated Press 55103 at http://apr.org No Distress Calls Made Before Alabama Plane Crash Authorities ID 3 People Killed In Plane Crash http://apr.org/post/authorities-id-3-people-killed-plane-crash <p></p><p>Authorities have identified three people killed in a Huntsville plane crash.</p><p>Madison County Deputy Coroner David Young tells WHNT-TV that 57-year-old William Christopher II of Center Point, Alabama; 67-year-old Kenneth Lynn Rousseau of Harpersville, Alabama; and 60-year-old Robin Gary Smith of Yukon, Oklahoma, were killed in the crash.</p><p>Officials say the plane veered from a runway and caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Huntsville International Airport. Airport spokeswoman Karen Yarbrough said the 10-seat plane crashed just to the right of the runway.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:17:21 +0000 The Associated Press 54223 at http://apr.org Authorities ID 3 People Killed In Plane Crash Authorities Responding To Plane Fire In Huntsville http://apr.org/post/authorities-responding-plane-fire-huntsville <p></p><p>Local and federal authorities are investigating a plane fire near the Huntsville International Airport.</p><p>Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a Westwind II aircraft veered off the right side of a runway while trying to depart from the airport Wednesday afternoon. Bergen says the plane caught fire and three people were on board at the time.</p><p>Multiple sources have confirmed the three passengers were killed in the fiery crash</p><p>Bergen says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:42:15 +0000 The Associated Press 54155 at http://apr.org Authorities Responding To Plane Fire In Huntsville NTSB: UPS Pilots Had Warnings Moments Before Crash http://apr.org/post/ntsb-ups-pilots-had-warnings-moments-crash <p></p><p>Federal investigators say flight recorders show that pilots of a UPS plane that crashed in Birmingham received warnings about their rate of descent moments before impact.</p><p>National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told reporters Friday a data recorder captured the first of two audible warnings in the cockpit before impact. Sumwalt says the warnings indicated the A300 cargo plane was descending at a rate outside normal parameters given its altitude.</p><p>But Sumwalt says investigators haven't made any determination on the actual cause of the crash.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:07:12 +0000 The Associated Press 36191 at http://apr.org NTSB: UPS Pilots Had Warnings Moments Before Crash Victims of Fatal UPS Plane Crash Identified http://apr.org/post/victims-fatal-ups-plane-crash-identified <p>An Alabama medical examiner has identified the two crew members who died in the crash of a UPS plane this week.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Jefferson County, Ala., medical examiner on Thursday night identified the victims as Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; An ex-Marine, Beal had been with UPS since 1990. Fanning had worked with the company since 2006.<br> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:23:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36150 at http://apr.org Victims of Fatal UPS Plane Crash Identified Crash Investigation Focuses On Tail Section Of Jet http://apr.org/post/crash-investigation-focuses-tail-section-jet <p>Investigators say they have recovered the flight recorders on an ill-fated UPS cargo jet that crashed at Birmingham's airport this week, killing its two crew members.</p><p>Today's search focused on the tail section of the aircraft, where the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder are typically located. The National Transportation Board says they should know tomorrow if data is on the recovered flight data recorders.</p><p>The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:09:16 +0000 The Associated Press & Ryan Vasquez 36130 at http://apr.org Crash Investigation Focuses On Tail Section Of Jet Coast Guard Says Cause Of Cruise Ship Fire Was A Leak http://apr.org/post/coast-guard-says-cause-cruise-ship-fire-was-leak <P>A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line.</P> <P>In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.</P> <P>She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:10:57 +0000 The Associated Press 25196 at http://apr.org Coast Guard Says Cause Of Cruise Ship Fire Was A Leak NTSB: No Radio Contact in Ala Crash That Killed 3 http://apr.org/post/ntsb-no-radio-contact-ala-crash-killed-3 <P>A preliminary federal investigation says the teenage pilot of a small airplane didn't have any radio contact before the aircraft crashed in Alabama on New Year's Day, killing three people.</P> <P>The National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says authorities learned of the crash in Walker County after witnesses called 911.</P> <P>The report doesn't say what caused the crash, in which a 17-year-old student pilot and two friends died.</P> <P>The report backs up authorities who say the pilot took the twin-engine Piper airplane on a joyride and crashed.</P> <P>While the Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:30:30 +0000 The Associated Press 23080 at http://apr.org NTSB: No Radio Contact in Ala Crash That Killed 3 Deputy: 3 People Killed in Alabama Plane Crash http://apr.org/post/deputy-3-people-killed-alabama-plane-crash <P>Authorities say all three people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the Jasper area, northwest of Birmingham.</P> <DIV> <P>Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press that the Piper PA 30 went down less than a mile west of the Walker County Airport in Jasper around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.</P> <P>Walker County sheriff's Chief Deputy James Painter said the three occupants of the plane were young people. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:17:16 +0000 The Associated Press 22690 at http://apr.org Deputy: 3 People Killed in Alabama Plane Crash