GILS: Aviation Accident Synopses

Title: Aviation Accident Synopses World Wide Web Page
Originator:
Department/Agency Name: National Transportation Safety Board
Major Organizational Subdivision: Office of Chief Information Officer
Name of Unit: Records Management Division
Local Subject Index:
Local Subject Term: US Federal GILS

Abstract: The Aviation Accident Synopses World Wide Web Page provides access to short reports describing aircraft accidents and incidents and their probable cause, and contributing factors; included are civil aviation accidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. An accident is defined as "an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage". The Safety Board also investigates some incidents, including them in the database in the same form as accidents. Typically, incidents do not involve the level of injury or damage characteristic of an accident. An incident is defined as "an occurrence other than an accident, associated with the operation of an aircraft, which affects or could affect the safety of operations."

Reports are available for the time period 1962 to the present and comprise more than 140,000 cases. Generally, a preliminary report is available on line within a few days of an accident. When the investigation is completed, the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its probable cause. Accident and incident reports may be retrieved using an interactive database query or a pre-compiled monthly list of all such occurrences in the National Transportation Safety Board's Aviation Accident Data Base. Synopses and monthly lists are updated daily.

Purpose: The Aviation Accident Synopses World Wide Web page provides to the public direct access to limited information regarding aviation accidents investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Agency Program: The National Transportation Safety Board provides information to the public via its World Wide Web page with the intent of making safety related information rapidly and easily available to its customers worldwide.

SPATIAL REFERENCE:
Geographic Name:
Geographic Keyword Name: United States
Geographic Keyword Name: United States Territories and Possessions
Geographic Keyword Name: International Waters
Time Period of Content:
Time Period-Structured: 1962 -
Time Period-Textual: 1962 - [ongoing]

AVAILABILITY:

DISTRIBUTOR:
Name: NTSB Web site: www.ntsb.gov
Organization: National Transportation Safety Board
Network Address: avdata@ntsb.gov

Order Process: Accident synopses are available via the internet using a browser. From the NTSB Home Page, select "Aviation" then "Accidents" for an interactive query. You may download datasets here.

Technical Prerequisites: Access to the Internet and an http/ftp client.

Available Linkage: Aviation Accident Database or http://www.ntsb.gov/avdata

Available Linkage Type: text/html

Sources of Data: Synopses are produced from data developed by aviation accident investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Access Constraints: Synopses may be located either by searching monthly lists of accidents and incidents or by using an interactive database query.

Use Constraints: Public Law 93-633 and the National Transportation Safety Board's regulations 49 CFR 835 prohibit the use of accident/incident findings, including the probable cause and contributing factors as evidence in any suit or action for damages arising from that event.

POINT OF CONTACT:
Name: Records Management Division (CIO-40)
Organization: National Transportation Safety Board
Street Address: 490 L'Enfant Plaza East
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20594-2000
Country: USA
Network Address: avdata@ntsb.gov
Hours of Service: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: 202-314-6554
Telephone: 800-877-6799
Fax: 202-314-6599

RECORD SOURCE:
Department/Agency Name: National Transportation Safety Board
Major Organizational Subdivision: Office of Chief Information Officer
Name of Unit: Records Management Division

Date of Last Modification: 20021118