NTSB sitting member Deborah Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the NTSB at the end of July, taking over from acting chairman Mark Rosenker, who had held the position of chairman or acting chairman since 2005. Days later, former member Christopher Hart returned to the Board for another term. Meanwhile, at press time, international fatigue expert Mark Rosekind was awaiting Senate confirmation to join the NTSB.
The swearing in of Christopher Hart as a member of the NTSB on August 12 was followed immediately by the departure of former chairman Mark Rosenker, leaving the five-member independent agency with a quorum, but also with two vacancies.
Deborah Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the NTSB at the end of July, taking over from acting chairman Mark Rosenker, who held the position of chairman or acting chairman since 2005. Hersman was nominated for the two-year term as chairman by President Obama on June 18 and confirmed by the Senate on July 24. She was also nominated and confirmed for a second five-year term as Board member, which runs through the end of 2013.
The NTSB said the probable cause of a crash in Oklahoma City of a Cessna Citation I was airplane wing-structure damage sustained during impact with one or more large birds–identified as American white pelicans–which resulted in a loss of control of the airplane.
Deborah Hersman, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board since June 2004, was nominated by President Obama last month to become the 12th chairman of the board. If confirmed, she will take over the position from vice chair Mark Rosenker, who has been serving as acting chairman since last August, when his two-year term as chairman expired.
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 NTSB yesterday began to release all accident investigation public dockets to its public Web site in accordance with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement plan. According to the Safety Board, this effort further brings the agency into compliance with legislative and executive mandates aimed at improving the U.S. government’s use of electronic media to foster a more open and transparent government.
The FAA relented and on April 24 made its entire birdstrike database available to the public.
A FedEx MD-11 cargo aircraft crashed upon landing at Tokyo Narita International Airport early this morning, bursting into flames and killing the two American pilots. The flight originated in Guangzhou, China, and crashed at 6:49 a.m. local time in high winds. The airplane came to rest on its back after it hit the runway, bounded upward, turned over and slid several yards.
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
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