When an aircraft crashes, lawsuits look at a wide range of factors to determine who is responsible for what went wrong. In one recent crash, however, the National Transportation Safety Board pointed to an unusual problem. It concluded that a billionaire's 5-year-old daughter likely caused a helicopter to crash, killing the girl, her three family members and the pilot.
After wrapping up its investigation into the deadly multi-vehicle collision near Grey Summit in 2010, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has suggested that a federal ban go into effect, with each state forbidding all drivers from using nonemergency portable electronic communication devices, including cell phones.
In the last year, states across the national have enacted laws limiting use of cell phones and electronic devices behind the wheel. Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving. Nine states and the District of Columbia also ban handheld cell phone use. These laws, targeted at drivers of regular vehicles and commercial vehicles alike, have sought to increase safety on the roadways that are becoming increasingly dangerous due to distracted driving.
As noted by the New York Times and Associated Press, on November 24, 2010 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended a redesign and modification of some portions of the Sikorsky S-76C helicopter, as a result of a January 4, 2009 crash which resulted in numerous fatalities.