National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Go deeper: Dangerous warning signs of the duck boat

Side of a duck boat
A Ride The Ducks World War II DUKW boat is seen at Ride The Ducks on July 20, 2018 in Branson, Missouri. Photo: Michael Thomas via Getty Images

In the wake of Thursday night's accident in which a duck boat capsized and killed 17 people in Branson, Missouri, a private inspector has said he warned the responsible company last year about design flaws that leave the boats vulnerable to sinking, reports the AP.

Why it matters: Calls for increased regulations on duck boats have moved to the forefront of public debate, but this is far from the first time that the safety of the amphibious vessels has been called into question.

NTSB notes metal fatigue in Southwest engine failure

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The terrifying engine loss on a Southwest flight may have been caused by a fan blade that broke off from one of the two engines, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Why it matters: Less than a year ago, the FAA and the engine’s manufacturer drew attention to problems with metal fatigue on the fan blades in the CFM56 engine series, which this plane has, after a similar incident in 2016, also a Southwest plane.

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