Transportation safety

May 15, 2019 - 8:09 pm
The Trump administration is starting to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border to help handle the flow of migrants. The TSA said Wednesday it's supporting a Homeland Security Department effort, and the shift will affect less than 1% of its 60,000...
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Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during a House Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 15, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency's safety certification of the plane and its decision...
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In this undated photo provided by Delta Air Lines, Stephen Dickson poses for a photo. Dickson is President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Federal Aviation Administration. (Delta Air Lines via AP)
May 14, 2019 - 5:20 pm
Stephen Dickson flew military jets then went on to pilot five different jetliners during a 27-year career at Delta Air Lines that was capped by running the company's daily operations. On paper, he checks all the boxes to become the next head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. But at a...
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FILE - This March 27, 2019, file photo shows a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane on the assembly line during a brief media tour of Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. Recent crashes have caused an uptick in airline fatalities in 2018 and 2019 after a long trend of safer flying. Boeing 737 Max accidents have raised concern over the ability of all pilots to handle automation. Still, aviation deaths are down sharply from the 1990s, and experts credit advances in aircraft and airport design, better air traffic control, and more pilot training. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 07, 2019 - 8:16 am
With plane crashes making headlines over the weekend, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing out that such...
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FILE - This March 27, 2019, file photo shows a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane on the assembly line during a brief media tour of Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. Recent crashes have caused an uptick in airline fatalities in 2018 and 2019 after a long trend of safer flying. Boeing 737 Max accidents have raised concern over the ability of all pilots to handle automation. Still, aviation deaths are down sharply from the 1990s, and experts credit advances in aircraft and airport design, better air traffic control, and more pilot training. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 06, 2019 - 6:17 pm
After a long trend toward greater safety in air travel, there has been an uptick in airline accidents and deaths in 2018 and 2019. Many aviation experts regard that recent increase as a statistical blip, however. They note that accidents and deaths remain a fraction of the numbers from as recently...
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May 03, 2019 - 7:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says more than a dozen safety inspectors at two key field offices did not complete a required formal training course, but that inspectors who reviewed the Boeing 737 Max jet were fully certified. Separately on Friday, a group of aviation experts...
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Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a news conference after the company's annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum in Chicago, on Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool)
April 29, 2019 - 5:41 pm
The CEO of Boeing defended the company's safety record and declined to take any more than partial blame for two deadly crashes of its best-selling plane even while saying Monday that the company has nearly finished an update that "will make the airplane even safer." Chairman and CEO Dennis...
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The Advanced Frontal Protection device is shown directly in front of IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden as climbs into his car during auto racing testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 24, 2019 - 6:18 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power got his first real glimpse at IndyCar's new debris deflector Wednesday. He is still getting used to the small piece on the front of his race car. The defending Indianapolis 500 champion and 2014 series champion was one of more than two dozen drivers who spent...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, pedestrians cross a rainy street in downtown Los Angeles. According to a study released in April 2019 in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, even light rain significantly increases the risk of a fatal car crash. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
April 23, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even light rain significantly increases your risk of a fatal car crash, a new study finds. The wetter the roads, the deadlier they become, with rain, snow and ice increasing the risk of deadly car crashes by 34%, according to a study this week in the Bulletin of the American...
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Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, smiles after signing into law a bill regarding distracted driving as he is joined by legislators, like bill sponsor Kate Brophy McGee, left, R-Phoenix, members of law enforcement and family members of victims of distracted drivers, during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol Monday, April 22, 2019, in Phoenix. Arizona becomes the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban any hand-held phone use while driving. Officers can begin issuing warnings immediately and can write tickets in 2021. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 22, 2019 - 6:11 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...
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