NTSB Plans To Change Investigation Procedures

 - August 18, 2014, 11:20 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seeking comments on last week’s NPRM to change portions of Part 831, which governs its investigation procedures, by organizing them into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. The Board also plans to update some terms used in the regulations.

Additionally, the NTSB proposed allowing parties involved in investigations to share information for the purposes of making timely safety improvements. Under current regulations, participants do not feel free to share accident-related information within their organization unless granted permission by the NTSB investigator-in-charge. The revised rule would allow investigative information to be shared under specific conditions without prior NTSB approval.

The Board also wants an updated rule to provide more detailed guidance about its role in foreign investigations, as well as to add the Statement of Party Representatives to NTSB Investigations (commonly known as the “party agreement”) as an appendix to accompany Part 831.

The proposed changes, along with each rationale, are available in the NPRM. Comments are due by October 14.