Government, Safety

Retiring NTSB Chairman Sumwalt Reflects on 15 Years With the Board

Robert Sumwalt Sumwalt, shown addressing attendees at the Surface Transportation Board's annual meeting in 2019, says, "I do believe that 15 years is long enough for any one person to serve on a board like this.” (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

NTSB chief is set to enter the next phase of his life after being one of the safety agency's longest-serving members ever.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Likely Growth in Drone Deliveries Prompts NTSB to Expand Its Purview

A drone descends to deliver a COVID-19 test kit to a home in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News) A drone descends to deliver a COVID-19 test kit to a home in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

The expected increase in commercial drone operations such as delivery flights is prompting accident investigators to expand the types of aviation crashes they plan to review.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt to Step Down at End of June, Source Says

Sumwalt Sumwalt testifies at a past hearing. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board will step down from his position at the end of June, and the Biden administration is expected to nominate a fellow board member to replace him, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on May 17.

Michael Balsamo | Associated Press
May 18, 2021
Government, Safety

NTSB Adopts New Most Wanted List of Safety Concerns

NTSB photo collage National Transportation Safety Board photo collage (NTSBgov via YouTube)

The National Transportation Safety Board’s new Most Wanted List includes calling on automobile and truck manufacturers to install collision-avoidance and connected-vehicle technologies in all vehicles.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Congressional Policymakers Propose Infrastructure Resilience Review Board

Louisiana flood from Hurricane Delta A street is flooded after Hurricane Delta moved through Lake Charles, La., on Oct. 10. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

A seven-member independent board would recommend ways local governments could strengthen their resilience to severe weather events as part of legislation congressional policymakers unveiled this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Uber Expands Self-Driving Safety Report After NTSB Slams Culture

Uber vowed to make public more safety information regarding its self-driving cars. Uber autonomous vehicles sit in a lot in Pittsburgh on May 6. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber Technologies Inc. vowed to make public more safety information regarding its self-driving cars after the National Transportation Safety Board placed partial blame for a fatal 2018 crash on the company’s policies.

Keith Laing | The Detroit News
August 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Driver’s Untreated Sleep Apnea Contributed to 2018 Fatal Crash, NTSB Says

CPAP machine CPAP machine by cherrybeans/Getty Images

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that lack of a “robust medical certification evaluation process” on the federal level to identify and treat commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea was one of three safety issues that contributed to a fatal, multivehicle heavy truck-involved crash in 2018.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

GAO’s Recommendations on NTSB’s ‘Most Wanted List’ Prompt Action

Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board agreed more transparency would improve the public’s understanding of a high-profile report after a federal watchdog recommended better access to its methodology.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Blames Drivers, Tesla, Lax Regulations in Florida Crash

A Tesla Model 3 departs after charging at the station in Kettleman City, Calif., in July 2019. A Tesla Model 3 departs after charging at the Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, Calif., in July 2019. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

The National Transportation Safety Board says two drivers, Tesla and lax regulation of new partially automated driving systems are to blame for a fatal 2019 crash in Florida involving a Tesla on Autopilot.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 20, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NTSB Critical of Tesla, Apple in Probe of 2018 Crash

NTSB Board hearing to investigate a 2018 fatal Tesla crash NTSB board hearing on Feb. 25, 2020 via ntsb.windrosemedia.com

The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlights the “misuses of technology,” a U.S. investigator said Feb. 25.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2020