NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 25, 2002

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigative hearing into the crash of American Airlines flight 587 will begin at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, at the NTSB’s Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C (Please note the later starting time than previously announced). It is expected to run four days.


A mandatory network television pool has been requested (the assignment has not yet been made). TV crews will be able to tap into the pool feed at tables set up outside the Board Room. Escorted cutaway shots will be permitted for all crews in the Board Room itself.


A mult box will be available in the Press Room and outside the Board Room for the Board’s in-house audio feed.

Print and Electronic Reporters

Reporters are welcome to view the proceedings from inside the Board Room or from the adjacent Press Room.

Public Docket

CD-ROMs of the public docket on the investigation, which will contain factual reports and related material such as the cockpit voice recorder transcript, will be available to accredited news media in the News Media Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. Access to the facility begins at 7:30. Hearing exhibits and selected items from the docket will appear on the Board’s Website (www.ntsb.gov) around 10:00 a.m. Material will continue to be added to the docket during the course of the investigation.

Security Notice

Persons entering the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center may be required to present a government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport). Packages will be subject to search.


The hearing is being Webcast in its entirety; technical information and the link to the live Webcast will be available from the Board’s Website.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



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.