Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q&A: Colombia asked FAA, NTSB to help with San Andrés Island crash investigation

Colombia sought FAA, NTSB aid

The recent plane crash at San Andrés Island involved a Colombian aircraft, flown to a non-U.S. airport, with no U.S. involvement aside from eight U.S. citizens, yet it is being investigated by our FAA. Why? This incident is not our business. Isn't there anything we don't stick our nose into anymore?

Two U.S. agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), were asked to assist in the investigation of the Aug. 16 plane crash by the Colombian government.

Because of their expertise, the NTSB and FAA are often asked for help with investigations of major international aviation accidents.

The NTSB is an independent agency that investigates plane crashes, determines the probable cause and makes safety recommendations about them. It has no regulatory power. The FAA, which of course is the regulator, also does its own investigations of plane crashes with the NTSB so it can make more informed decisions about regulation. It has an accident investigation division that has about a dozen people. But the NTSB is the lead agency for the investigations.

The agencies will work with the Colombian Air Force and the Colombia Civil Aviation Authority. Boeing Corp. also is sending representatives to help since the plane was a Boeing 737-700.

Aires Flight 8250, going from Bogota, Colombia, to San Andrés Island off the coast of Nicaragua, crashed as it was trying to land. The plane split into three pieces. Amazingly, only one of the 131 people aboard died, and preliminary indications are that was the result of a heart attack.

Bright House, NFL still talking

We are now approaching the third year without the NFL Network on Bright House. Why can't these people come to some kind of agreement to benefit the many football fans in the Tampa market? Most all other cable and satellite systems carry the NFL Network.

Bright House and the NFL Network remain at an impasse after years of negotiation. The issue, of course, is mostly about money. Bright House doesn't want to pay what the NFL Network wants to charge. Also at issue is where the network would land on Bright House's channel lineup.

This quote from the NFL in September 2009 remains its position today: "We are extremely disappointed that Bright House is unwilling to reach an agreement to carry the NFL Network on terms that are fair and reasonable and consistent with other distributors. . . ."

Bright House's senior director for corporate communications, Joe Durkin, said that while there is no change in the status of negotiations, the talks are ongoing. "We remain optimistic. The door is still open and we're still talking. We hope it is resolved soon," he said.

Bright House has more than a million customers in the Tampa Bay area.

Q&A: Colombia asked FAA, NTSB to help with San Andrés Island crash investigation 08/30/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 5:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Deputies responding to car crash in Riverview find shooting victim inside


    RIVERVIEW — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating after deputies responding to a single-car crash late Wednesday discovered someone in the car had been shot, authorities said.

  2. Commentary: Ten years later, the iPhone owns us


    Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, before an adoring congregation, in his signature "Sermon on the Mount" style. On June 29, it became available to the public. Ten years later, the phone has spread like Christianity. The device represents "the pinnacle product of all capitalism," as Brian Merchant …

    Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's release on June 29, 2007. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida education news: School grades, teacher pay, transgender lawsuit and more


    SCHOOL GRADES: Florida's school grades showed improvement as the state's revised accountability system entered its third year in its current form. …

    Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates her school's A grade with students in a summer program at the school.
  4. Whiskey wasn't my thing, but then I visited the Teeling Distillery in Ireland



    If you drink your way through a four-day trip to Ireland, can you make an honest recommendation on anything?

    The focal point of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin is the copper pots used in the process.
  5. Faulty AC leaves Chinsegut manor house, supporters steaming

    Human Interest


    As summer temperatures climb, volunteers at Chinsegut Hill Manor House say a faulty air-conditioning system has put them in a hot spot.

    Thomas Hoops of Tampa, left, takes a breather with his 1-year-old daughter, Zoe Hoops, on the porch of the Chinsegut Hill Manor House.