National Transportation Safety Board

September 16, 2013 - 1:45pm

Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown, organized by the manufacturer’s business aviation flight operations team, begins in Wichita on September 30. The standdown is designed to foster a safety culture through better communication. Military aviation uses the standdown concept–essentially grounding a particular squadron or fleet–when a significant high-risk safety issue emerges.

August 12, 2013 - 12:05pm

The NTSB will offer a two-day training seminar on October 24-25 about the most effective methods of managing emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or incident.
The training, aimed at aviation communication professionals from airports, airlines, charter and private business jet operators, will take place at the NTSB’s Training Center in Ashburn, Va. (near Washington, D.C.).

August 3, 2013 - 12:15am
AIN tables show “incidents” as well as “accidents” because the FAA and NTSB draw fine distinctions between the two events. Click to enlarge.

The U.S. business jet fleet worldwide recorded significantly fewer nonfatal accidents and fatalities in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, N-numbered business jets incurred seven accidents in the first half of this year versus 22 during the same time last year.

July 18, 2013 - 10:42am
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak

The head of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on Wednesday strongly criticized the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at San Francisco International Airport.

July 15, 2013 - 1:35pm

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) labeled the NTSB “reckless” last week for releasing operational details about the Asiana Airlines 214 accident in San Francisco on July 6. The Board has held nearly daily news conferences since the accident in which chairman Deborah Hersman has spoken about its initial listen to the cockpit voice recorder and other devices.

July 8, 2013 - 3:25pm

There are still too many close calls between aircraft during go-around maneuvers at major airports (five in the past seven years), according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. On July 1, the Board recommended the FAA modify ATC procedures to do a better job of accommodating those events safely.

July 5, 2013 - 12:55pm
The investigation team retrieved the wreckage of TWA 800 and reassembled it in an empty Long Island hangar.

I remember well that night 17 years ago when TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed off the coast of Long Island, killing all aboard. I was settling down with some friends at my brother’s Manhattan apartment to watch a game between the Red Sox and their arch-rival Yankees when the game broadcast was interrupted by news that an airliner had crashed soon after takeoff from JFK International.

July 3, 2013 - 12:45am

After investigating three accidents in which airplanes inadvertently collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), resulting in four fatalities, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require that all METs be registered, marked and lighted where feasible.

METs are temporary structures used to measure wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy generator facilities. They can be erected quickly and, depending on their location, without notice to the local aviation community.

June 24, 2013 - 2:55pm

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) received a petition June 19 to reconsider its investigation of the July 17, 1996 crash of TWA 800, a Boeing 747 that exploded while climbing toward Paris shortly after takeoff from New York JFK International Airport. The petition was initiated by a group of people tied to a new documentary film called TWA800, due for release next month on the Epix cable channel.

May 4, 2013 - 1:35am
Accidents/Incident Worldwide 1Q/13 vs. 1Q/12

The most noteworthy accident event in the first quarter was the string of fatal Beechcraft Premier I crashes over a period of approximately three weeks, from February 20 to March 17. All three crashes, which killed nine people, involved Part 91 operations and occurred in VMC during takeoff or landing. The two accidents in the U.S. accounted for the only fatalities by U.S.-registered business jets in the first quarter of this year.

 
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