NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


STATEMENT ON CRASH OF SWISSAIR FLIGHT 111

September 3, 1998

The National Transportation Safety Board has offered its assistance to the Government of Canada in its investigation of last night's crash of Swissair flight 111 near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Under terms of Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the NTSB has sent investigator Greg Feith as the accredited representative of the United States. He is accompanied by six NTSB investigators, and several representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. manufacturers will also send representatives to join the U.S. team.

Airline accidents are investigated by authorities of the country in which the accident occurred, regardless of where the aircraft is registered. The United States is assisting the Canadians by virtue of being the country of manufacture of the aircraft, while Switzerland could be expected to send an accredited representative as it is the country of registration.

"On behalf of the National Transportation Safety Board, I would like to express my condolences to those who lost family and friends on flight 111," NTSB Chairman Jim Hall said. "We have offered to assist the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in any way we can to help them find the cause of this tragedy as soon as possible, and our team of aviation specialists has already arrived in Canada to begin that work."

All factual information on the investigation will be released by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. The phone numbers for press inquiries are:

NTSB Public Affairs Office: (202) 314-6100

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.