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  • Passengers stayed calm during fatal Metro smoke incident

    WASHINGTON — Despite being trapped on a train in a smoke-filled tunnel, passengers aboard the Metro Yellow Line train that got stuck near L’Enfant Plaza in January showed an uncanny cool. Interviews with the first…

  • DC subway operator was told he couldn’t return to platform

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The operator of a Washington subway train that was forced to stop in a smoke-filled tunnel repeatedly asked for permission to return the train to the platform but was told to stay…

  • Feds: Oversight of Metro lacking, hobbled by multi-jurisdictional authority

    WASHINGTON — The agency directly responsible for ensuring Metro follows through with safety plans could do more to ensure that happens, according to an audit released this week by the Federal Transit Administration. Among other…

  • Agenda set for fact-finding hearing on Metro smoke

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has set its final agenda for a two-day hearing on a deadly electrical malfunction on the Metro in Washington where a train inside a tunnel filled with…

  • NTSB recommends immediate fix to Metro electrical system

    WASHINGTON — Federal transportation safety officials say Metro must immediately repair and install sleeves that are designed to protect electrical components, which power the rail system, from water and other contaminants. The National Transportation Safety…

  • Frequency of general aviation accidents still troubling for NTSB

    WASHINGTON — Transportation safety has been generally improving across the board except in one area: general aviation. “We’re troubled that the general aviation safety trend has been flat for few years,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart told…

  • NTSB still determining if engineer used phone before crash

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say they still don’t know if the engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia was on his cellphone before the speeding train derailed. The National Transportation Safety Board’s…

  • NTSB plans 2-day hearing on fatal Metro smoke incident

    WASHINGTON (AP) _ The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct a two-day investigative hearing into an electrical malfunction that filled a Metro tunnel with smoke in January, killing one person and injuring dozens. The hearing…

  • NTSB: Five wrong-airport landings since 2012

    WASHINGTON – Five civil and military flights in the United States have landed at the wrong airport since 2012, a National Transportation Safety Board report says. A Southwest Airlines plane from Chicago’s Midway Airport heading…

  • Investigators examining similar incident in Metro probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators are looking at a similar incident that happened in February as they try to pin down the cause of an electrical malfunction on Washington’s subway system that led to one…

  • Congressional leaders: DC’s subway needs improvement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders said Friday that an electrical malfunction that filled a Metro tunnel with smoke last month, killing one person and injuring dozens, should be a wakeup call for the D.C.-area transportation…

  • NTSB: Metro fan use sent smoke toward train

    WASHINGTON – Federal investigators say Metro did not use its underground ventilation fans properly and pushed smoke toward a stopped train near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in January. In documents released Wednesday, the National…

  • NTSB plans June hearings on deadly Metro smoke

    WASHINGTON – Federal investigators plan to hold two days of hearings in June into last month’s fatal smoke incident at a busy downtown Metro station. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that the hearings…

  • Federal DC team heading to NY for fatal train collision

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal investigative team headed from Washington to New York to investigate a commuter train crash that killed six people. The National Transportation Safety Board team left Reagan National Airport near Washington…

  • Former NTSB chair: Conflicting statements could aid deadly Metro smoke investigation

    WASHINGTON – The woman who led the investigation into the deadly 2009 Red Line crash says conflicting information about what went wrong this month in a smoke-filled Metro tunnel could actually help lead federal investigators closer…