NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


May 14, 2002

Washington, D.C. - The National Transportation Safety Board today issued its Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements list for 2002.  Since the last Most Wanted report, 11 recommendations have been removed from the list.  In addition, Pipeline Excavation Damage Prevention, one of the 12 issue areas was removed from the list, while a new issue area, Marine Drug and Alcohol Testing was added.  The acceptance rate of the Board's recommendations has remained consistently high and is currently about 82%.

"We are encouraged by the progress that we have seen in the acceptance rate of our recommendations," said NTSB Chairman Marion Blakey.  "However, the Board will continue to push federal and state government agencies, industry and private companies for more safety improvements to enhance our transportation system for the benefit of all Americans."

During the 12 months since the last report to the Board, five recommendations on the Most Wanted List have been closed.  Those closed during the last year are:

In addition, because of acceptable progress, the Board voted today to remove six specific recommendations in three issue areas on the list.  Those removed recommendations are:

The Board also made some revisions to existing recommendations in the areas of Airframe Structural Icing, Fuel Tanks, and Recording Devices.  Some of the revisions address the following:

In the Marine mode, Post-accident Alcohol and Drug Testing has been added.  The Safety Board is concerned that lack of clarity of regulations and lack of enforcement has resulted in a disregard of the Coast Guard's regulations and contributed to the growth of misconceptions and misinformation about post-accident testing.

 Four of the twelve recommendation issue areas have been on the list since its inception in 1990.   The Board continues to investigate accidents in these original issue areas of recreational boating safety standards, runway incursions, positive train control, and operator fatigue where the intent of the recommendations has not been met.

 The Most Wanted list's purpose is to bring more attention to Board recommendations with the greatest impact on transportation safety.

 For a complete copy of the Most Wanted list and recommendations, visit the NTSB web site under Recommendations and Accomplishments.

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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.