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Current Accident Investigations

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Foriegn Investigations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent agency of the United States Government responsible for the investigation of transportation accidents. The NTSB participates in the investigation of aviation accidents and serious incidents outside the United States in accordance with the Chicago Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) provided in Annex 13 to the Convention. Learn More >

The Investigative Process

The National Transportation Safety Board was established in 1967 to conduct independent investigations of all civil aviation accidents in the United States and major accidents in the other modes of transportation. It is not part of the Department of Transportation, nor organizationally affiliated with any of DOT's modal agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration. The Safety Board has no regulatory or enforcement powers.

To ensure that Safety Board investigations focus only on improving transportation safety, the Board's analysis of factual information and its determination of probable cause cannot be entered as evidence in a court of law.

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In the Lab / From the Field

Materials Engineer Joe Epperson was joined by representatives from the BEA, Eurocopter France and Eurocopter USA in the NTSB laboratory to examine the transmission from a recent helicopter crash in West Windsor New Jersey.

NTSB General Aviation Video Safety Alerts

Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen! PDF Brochure
Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude PDF Brochure
Pilots: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety PDF Brochure
Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance PDF Brochure
Mechanics: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety PDF Brochure