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The National Transportation Safety Board says a helicopter struck a utility wire before a crash that killed a Georgia pilot and an Alabama man last month.

The board's preliminary report says the chopper went down after hitting a wire strung between transmission towers in Tuscaloosa County near Northport.

The helicopter was checking the utility lines when it crashed.

The accident killed pilot Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia, and Alabama Power Co. employee David Carson of Tuscaloosa.


Two people have died in a helicopter crash in western Alabama.

WBMA-TV reports the two died when the aircraft went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Tuesday morning. Alabama Power spokeswoman Anna Catherine Roberson says the helicopter was owned by Hiram, Georgia-based contractor Rotorworks, LLC and an Alabama Power employee was on board at the time.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the accident involves a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter. Two people were on board.

Federal investigators say a 2013 barge fire in Mobile is linked to the facility failing to isolate tank-cleaning operations from potential sources of ignition.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in a report that Oil Recovery Company workers were stripping two barges of residual gasoline on April 24, 2013. Investigators say the barges vented flammable vapors during the cleaning process.


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.

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.

The NTSB report released Wednesday says the crew was doing training maneuvers, and the purpose was proficiency exams for two pilots.

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Authorities have identified three people killed in a Huntsville plane crash.

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.

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.


Local and federal authorities are investigating a plane fire near the Huntsville International Airport.

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.

Multiple sources have confirmed the three passengers were killed in the fiery crash

Bergen says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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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.

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.

But Sumwalt says investigators haven't made any determination on the actual cause of the crash.

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An Alabama medical examiner has identified the two crew members who died in the crash of a UPS plane this week.

   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.

   An ex-Marine, Beal had been with UPS since 1990. Fanning had worked with the company since 2006.

   Federal officials have found no evidence of a pre-crash fire or engine failure aboard UPS Flight 1354, which went down early Wednesday.

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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.

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.

The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday.

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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.

In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.

She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.

She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.

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.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says authorities learned of the crash in Walker County after witnesses called 911.

The report doesn't say what caused the crash, in which a 17-year-old student pilot and two friends died.

The report backs up authorities who say the pilot took the twin-engine Piper airplane on a joyride and crashed.

Authorities say all three people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the Jasper area, northwest of Birmingham.

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.

Walker County sheriff's Chief Deputy James Painter said the three occupants of the plane were young people. Their names have not yet been released.

Few other details were immediately available.