Obama Nominates Deborah Hersman to Chair NTSB

 - June 11, 2009, 12:15 PM

The White House announced on Tuesday President Obama’s nomination of Deborah Hersman to chair the National Transportation Safety Board. On the Board since June 2004, Hersman has been the member on scene at 15 major transportation accidents, seven involving aircraft. The aircraft accidents include the February 2005 crash of the Platinum Jet Challenger 600 at Teterboro, N.J.; the August 2006 crash of a Comair CRJ-100 in Lexington, Ky.; the October 2006 crash of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle’s Cirrus SR20 into a Manhattan apartment building; the September 2008 crash of the Global Exec Aviation Learjet 60 in Columbia, S.C.; and the September 2008 crash of a Maryland State Police Eurocopter AS 365N3 EMS helicopter in Forestville, Md. Before joining the NTSB, Hersman was a senior staff member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1999 to 2004. Said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen in a statement,“Debbie has a good understanding of business aviation . . . and has always had an open door to NBAA and its members.” If her nomination is approved by the Senate, Hersman will take over the chairmanship from vice chairman Mark Rosenker, who has been serving as acting chairman since his two-year term as chairman expired in August last year.