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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After last week's collapse of an electronic message board that killed a freeway motorist, nine additional signs have been removed because they showed evidence of hairline fractures, Caltrans announced Monday. The cracks may be the result of faulty welding, and most of the signs were made by the same San Fernando manufacturer, the California Department of Transportation said.
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NATIONAL
November 29, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The former president of a Massey coal mine in West Virginia was charged with conspiracy to violate federal mining safety laws Wednesday, and federal authorities said he was expected to plead guilty in a widening criminal investigation that began after a 2010 explosion killed 29 miners. David C. Hughart, former president of Massey's Green Valley Resource Group, was charged in U.S. District Court in Beckley, W.Va., with a felony on allegations of tipping off mine officials in advance of federal safety inspections.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2009 | Jon Hilkevitch and Julie Johnsson
Four months after a fatal commuter plane crash that pointed to holes in pilot competency, the federal government Tuesday launched an investigation of the nation's smaller airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration's vow to step up inspections of how regional airlines train -- and work -- their pilots was issued under the pressure of congressional hearings that begin today. The hearings will explore pilot workforce issues at regional carriers and the FAA's scrutiny of airline safety standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, E. SCOTT RECKARD and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the wake of two recent accidents at California theme parks, including one in which a board flew from a Knott's Berry Farm ride Monday and struck five people in the head, a state Senate committee voted to require statewide inspections of all amusement park rides. Though the committee members did not discuss Sunday's tragedy--a 12-year-old boy fell to his death at a Bay Area amusement park--Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) said the incident added momentum to support for the bill.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The Federal Aviation Administration, under fire for its handling of missed safety inspections at Southwest Airlines Co., said it was ordering a check of maintenance records at all U.S. airlines. The FAA's action applies to maintenance records on older Boeing 737 jets. FAA inspectors will check to make sure the airlines have complied with orders to perform the type of inspections that Southwest missed.
WORLD
August 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A North Korean ferry was stuck in a Japanese port after it failed safety inspections imposed as part of a global crackdown on alleged smuggling of drugs and weapons by the communist state. Japanese officials gathered more than 100 inspectors from three ministries to comb the passenger ferry at the northern port of Nigata. The Mangyongbong-92 was cited for five violations. Authorities said the ship, scheduled to return to North Korea this morning, could not sail until the problems were fixed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Amador County's school bus fleet will be back in business soon after being sidelined for more than a month amid serious safety concerns. Faced with civil complaints and potential criminal charges, the district stopped using the fleet last month after years of failed safety inspections by the California Highway Patrol.
NEWS
November 11, 1988 | Associated Press
The Air Force returned nearly one-third of its B-1B bomber fleet to flight status Thursday after conducting safety inspections spurred by a crash earlier in the week. Air Force officials declined to predict when they would complete the one-time inspections for the remaining B-1Bs, but said the checkups were going smoothly. As of Thursday afternoon, 32 of the 98 long-range bombers had been returned to flying status after being grounded on Wednesday.
NEWS
August 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The Marine Corps has halted flights of three kinds of aircraft for safety inspections due to unrelated problems in each type. The MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotors were grounded after one made a precautionary landing last week in North Carolina. In April, an MV-22 crashed in Arizona, killing 19 Marines. All 165 CH-53 transport helicopters were grounded based on preliminary undisclosed findings of a Navy crash earlier this month in Texas.
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