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The NTSB aviation accident database contains information from 1962 and later about civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. Generally, a preliminary report is available online within a few days of an accident. Factual information is added when available, and when the investigation is completed, the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its probable cause. Full narrative descriptions may not be available for dates before 1993, cases under revision, or where NTSB did not have primary investigative responsibility.

  • Monthly lists - accidents sorted by date, updated daily.
  • Investigations Nearing Completion - List of investigations with estimated dates of publishing probable cause.
  • Downloadable datasets - one complete dataset for each year beginning from 1982, updated monthly in Microsoft Access 2000 MDB format; this site also provides weekly "change" updates and complete documentation.
  • GILS record - complete description of the accident database, including definition of "accident" and "incident".
  • FAA incident database - complete information about incidents, including those not investigated by NTSB, is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Data & Information Products - lists other sources of information about aviation accidents, including publications, dockets, and press releases

  • This interactive search capability for the NTSB database, updated daily; see the and data dictionary before using the form for the first time.
    Accident/Incident Information
    Event Start Date (mm/dd/yyyy)  
    Event End Date (mm/dd/yyyy)  
    Investigation Type
    Injury Severity
    Amateur Built
    Number of Engines**
    Engine Type**
    Purpose of Flight**
    Air Carrier
    NTSB Status
    Accident Number
    Report Status
    Probable Cause Issue Start Date (mm/dd/yyyy)  
    Probable Cause Issue End Date (mm/dd/yyyy)  
    Event Details
    Airport Name**
    Airport Code**
    Weather Condition**
    Broad Phase of Flight**
    Enter your word string below: (Searches both synopsis and full narrative; will slow the query performance)
    Location information available for most cases in the United States since 2002. Refer to query help for limitations of location information.
    Longitude**   within miles