NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


January 25, 2001

Washington, D.C. -- John C. Clark has been selected to be the National Transportation Safety Board's Director of the Office of Aviation Safety. Mr. Clark, a long-time employee of the Safety Board, replaces Bernard S. Loeb, who has retired from government service. Mr. Clark has been with the Safety Board since September 1981, serving, most recently, as Deputy Director of the Office of Research and Engineering. Other NTSB positions he has held include: Deputy Director of Technical Investigations and Operations in the Office of Aviation Safety; Chief of the Vehicle Performance Division; Senior Aerospace Engineer in the Engineering Services Division; and Aerospace Engineer in the Laboratory Services and Survival Factors Divisions.

Mr. Clark has participated in many major aviation investigations including the 1982 Air Florida accident in Washington, D.C.; the 1987 Northwest Airlines DC-9 accident in Detroit, MI; the 1990 United Airlines DC-10 accident in Sioux City, IA; the 1994 USAir Boeing 737 accident in Aliquippa, PA; the 1996 TWA Boeing 747 accident near East Moriches, NY; and the 1999 EgyptAir Boeing 767 crash near Nantucket, MA.

Mr. Clark also has done notable work on a number of special studies conducted at the Board, including a multi-phased project on general aviation crashworthiness, investigations of DC-10 brake systems and Piper Malibu in-flight breakups, and a wake turbulence study that resulted in revised FAA aircraft separation standards. Mr. Clark has twice received the Chairman's Award, the Safety Board's highest honor, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the agency's mission.

Before joining the Safety Board, Mr. Clark was employed for two years at Flight Safety International Inc., where he designed simulators, and for 13 years at the Beech Aircraft Corporation, where he worked in the company's Missile Division and as an accident investigator on crashworthiness issues.

Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University and a private pilot's certificate with glider and instrument ratings. A native of Wichita, KS, Mr. Clark is married and has four children.

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