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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 8 a.m.

Preliminary report says plane broke up midair before Deer Park crash

A plane piloted by a student that crashed near Deer Park in mid July, killing all three occupants, is believed to have broken up in midair before slamming into an …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Two expectant fathers among victims of Friday’s plane crash near Deer Park

Two men, each of whom had a wife expecting a child, were among the three people who died Friday morning in a plane crash near Deer Park, according to online …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Retired Spokane firefighter killed in ultralight aircraft crash on Snake River

A retired Spokane firefighter was killed early Wednesday morning after authorities say he crashed his ultralight airplane on the Snake River.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

Speeding Amtrak train didn’t brake before fatal crash near DuPont, according to NTSB analysis of data recorders

The engineer of a train hurtling down a curving track at some 50 mph over the posted speed limit did not apply the brakes before the train began going off …


Report: Cable error caused fatal airplane crash in Spokane River

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board said both the mechanic and pilot of a propellor airplane that crashed into the Spokane River in 2015 failed to notice improperly …


Ride the Ducks admits to 463 safety violations, to pay $222K

The Ride the Ducks tour bus company has admitted to 463 motor safety violations and has agreed to pay $222,000 in penalties to settle a state complaint.


Pilot in fatal Spokane River plane crash fought to ‘get back’

After barely recovering from an in-flight emergency just after takeoff from Felts Field, pilot Richard Runyon somehow managed to get the single-engine plane stabilized over Newman Lake and had nearly …


Plane that crashed in Spokane wrongly filled with jet fuel, report says

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board confirms the plane that crashed in downtown Spokane last month was filled with jet fuel before taking off. The plane was …


Officials: I-5 bridge collapse caused by regulatory failures

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says that insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played …


State, country must learn from collapse, official says

SEATTLE – The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday the bridge collapse in Washington is a wake-up call for the nation. “This is a really significant event, …


Authorities investigating Newman Lake helicopter crash

Federal aviation authorities are investigating a helicopter accident that occurred Friday in Newman Lake.


NTSB releases documents on Butte plane crash

Just before a plane carrying 14 people crashed short of a southwestern Montana runway last year, killing everybody on board, the pilot told air traffic controllers that he had “one …


Former NASA chief, son survive Alaska plane crash

Former NASA chief Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son survived a small plane crash in Alaska that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens, his company said today.


Helicopter broke apart, report says

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings into the investigation of a helicopter that crashed into a Spokane Valley neighborhood this month, killing a student pilot. According to …


Probe begins in helicopter crash

Federal investigators scoured the scene Thursday of a fatal helicopter crash in a backyard in Spokane Valley. Peter N. Hecker, 29, a computer technician employed by the Idaho Department of …


Crash victim remembered as ‘excellent pilot’

A student helicopter pilot who died in a crash Wednesday near Felts Field has been identified as Peter N. Hecker, 29.


Private plane most likely broke up in flight, crash investigator says

BOISE – A small plane that crashed this week in southwestern Idaho apparently broke up in flight, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says. Another pilot flying a …