Bloomberg BNA — Deborah Hersman, the outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said April 21 that U.S. communities are not prepared to respond adequately to worst-case accidents involving trains carrying crude oil and ethanol.
Deborah Hersman, the public face of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board who fought last year to be nominated for another term as chairman, today said she’s stepping down to head a safety-advocacy group.
InsideClimateNews.org -- As federal regulators continue investigating why tank cars on three trains carrying North Dakota crude oil have exploded in the past eight months, energy experts say part of the problem might be that some producers are deliberately leaving too much propane in their product, making the oil riskier to transport by rail.
Deborah Hersman’s term as chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board ends Aug. 3, with no word on whether she’ll be retained, during the accident investigation agency’s busiest stretch since the 1990s.
Battery incidents that prompted the grounding of Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner are “unprecedented” safety breaches that should have been prevented by the aircraft’s design, the U.S. investigation’s leader said.
The evacuation of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 didn’t start for 90 seconds after the plane crash- landed because the pilots initially told flight attendants to keep passengers in their seats, U.S. investigators said.
The pilots of Asiana Flight 214 made no mention of the plane’s speed in its final moments until less than nine seconds before it hit a seawall, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said.