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    • Airshows: Spectators Beware?

      Airshows: Spectators Beware?

      Someone once said that flying, unlike the sea, is very unforgiving. The recent spate of European airshow accidents, as well as some past US airshow accidents, demonstrates how true this is. Do such accidents suggest that airshows are an ultra- […]

    • NTSB: Lack of Consideration for Human Factors Led to In-Flight Breakup of SpaceShipTwo

      NTSB: Lack of Consideration for Human Factors Led to In-Flight Breakup of SpaceShipTwo

      NTSB: Lack of Consideration for Human Factors Led to In-Flight Breakup of SpaceShipTwo ________________________________________ July 28, 2015 WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board determined the cause of the Oct. 31, 2014 in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo, was Scaled Composite’s failure […]

    • NTSB Update on Crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two

      NTSB Update on Crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two

      November 12, 2014 WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigative update today into the crash of SpaceShip Two on Oct. 31, 2014, in Mojave, Calif. • The on-scene portion of the investigation into the crash of Virgin […]

    • Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 — Lessons To Be Learned

      Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 — Lessons To Be Learned

      The recent destruction of Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship 2 is a tragedy, but should not come as a complete surprise.  Unfortunately, it was inevitable.  Development of a safe, reliable passenger carrying commercial spacecraft is an immensely difficult task.  NASA invested tens […]

    • NTSB Special Investigation Finds Parasailing Largely Unregulated; Inadequate Training and Faulty Equipment Cause of Serious Accidents

      NTSB Special Investigation Finds Parasailing Largely Unregulated; Inadequate Training and Faulty Equipment Cause of Serious Accidents

      July 1, 2014 WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board’s first investigative report into parasailing safety finds the activity is largely unregulated with serious accidents frequently caused by faulty equipment. Because of the nature of an activity that often occurs […]

    • NTSB Finds Mismanagement of Approach and Inadequate Monitoring of Airspeed Led to Crash of Asiana Flight 214

      NTSB Finds Mismanagement of Approach and Inadequate Monitoring of Airspeed Led to Crash of Asiana Flight 214

      June 24, 2014 WASHINGTON – In a Board meeting held today, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to the flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and […]

    • Quality Patient Care or Quantity Patient Care?

      Quality Patient Care or Quantity Patient Care?

      There was an article in USA Today recently, describing how some physicians are spending less and less time with their patients at scheduled appointments.   The story began with a patient who saw her ear, nose and throat specialist recently for […]

    • Medical Tourism: Traveling The World For Healthcare

      Medical Tourism: Traveling The World For Healthcare

                  A 64 year old woman, an insulin-dependent diabetic, was so obese she was not able to climb stairs or even take a leisurely stroll.  Her family doctor said she was an excellent candidate for gastric bypass surgery, but her […]

    • NTSB RELEASES AGENDA FOR DEC 10, 11 INVESTIGATIVE HEARING ON ASIANA FLIGHT 214

      NTSB RELEASES AGENDA FOR DEC 10, 11 INVESTIGATIVE HEARING ON ASIANA FLIGHT 214

      December 5, 2013 The National Transportation Safety Board today released the agenda for the two-day investigative hearing on the ongoing investigation into the July 6 crash landing of Asiana Airlines flight 214. The hearing will be held at the NTSB’s […]

    • Preventable Hospital Deaths Increasing

      Preventable Hospital Deaths Increasing

      From the Legal Edge: Stunning Rise in Preventable Hospital Deaths Revealed in New Study It was only 14 years ago that an attention grabbing report dubbed “To Err is Human” said that 98,000 people were dying each year from preventable […]