National Transportation Safety Board

May 1, 2008 - 12:23pm

General aviation fatalities dropped 30 percent last year, to 491 from 703 in 2006, according to the NTSB. But the total number of general aviation accidents was higher, climbing to 1,631 in 2007 from 1,518 in 2006. The total number of accidents includes 20 U.S.-registered aircraft mishaps that occurred outside the U.S., its territories or possessions.

April 21, 2008 - 6:09am

Investigations of aircraft accidents–referred to in the past as “kicking tin”–are taking a decidedly high-tech turn, and NTSB chairman Marion Blakey predicted that crash probes are going to be driven increasingly by issues involving high-tech safety systems, integrated computer programs, high-grade materials and electronically generated data and data analysis.

April 17, 2008 - 10:16am

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has already reviewed the 2007 preliminary aviation safety statistics released yesterday by the NTSB and found that the data reveals there were no fatal passenger-carrying accidents involving jets flown by on-demand air charter operators or fractional providers.

April 2, 2008 - 10:33am

Cessna 650 Citation III, Caico Seco, Venezuela, Feb. 18, 2008–Citation N385EM reportedly was cruising at FL330 when it went into a dive and crashed, killing all three occupants. The NTSB has not published a report and told AIN that it did not plan to send investigators.

March 6, 2008 - 12:09pm

The NTSB has called the FAA’s response “unacceptable” to four out of six safety recommendations addressing human fatigue and duty-time limitations. The agency issued the report to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week.

February 21, 2008 - 9:01am

Yesterday, the newly formed Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) concluded its inaugural Air Charter Safety Symposium, which was held at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. The goal was to host 50 to 60 attendees, according to ACSF chairman and Priester Aviation chairman and CEO Charlie Priester, but more than 110 attendees filled the auditorium at the NTSB center.

February 21, 2008 - 9:01am

Yesterday, the newly formed Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) concluded its inaugural Air Charter Safety Symposium, which was held at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. The goal was to host 50 to 60 attendees, according to ACSF chairman and Priester Aviation chairman and CEO Charlie Priester, but more than 110 attendees filled the auditorium at the NTSB center.

January 31, 2008 - 11:06am

The NTSB is stressing the importance of altitude awareness and preflight planning after identifying “a noticeable number” of controlled flight into terrain accidents during night VFR conditions. The Safety Board noted in a safety alert that many of the general aviation pilots involved were in contact with ATC and receiving radar service at the time of the accidents, but they appear to have been unaware of the danger.

January 31, 2008 - 11:06am

The NTSB is stressing the importance of altitude awareness and preflight planning after identifying “a noticeable number” of controlled flight into terrain accidents during night VFR conditions. The Safety Board noted in a safety alert that many of the general aviation pilots involved were in contact with ATC and receiving radar service at the time of the accidents, but they appear to have been unaware of the danger.

January 17, 2008 - 10:17am

Charter operator Marlin Air of Belleville, Mich., filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million from the University of Michigan (UM) after the college terminated its contract following the crash of a Cessna Citation II last June that killed two Marlin pilots and four UM organ transplant team members. Marlin was under contract with UM to provide fixed-wing aeromedical transport services.

 
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