NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


March 5, 2004

Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board will host a forum on safety issues related to the U.S. air cargo industry on March 30 - 31, 2004, at the new NTSB Academy in Ashburn, Virginia.

"The goal of this forum is to augment and support industry- government dialogue on air cargo safety and to help advance the important work currently being done in this area," said NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman-Connors. "Air cargo is a critical segment of our transportation system and we need to do all we can to ensure that the highest safety standards are maintained."

The forum program will focus on four main areas - the current state of the cargo industry, operations, human factors, and regulatory issues. Papers on these topics will be presented by representatives of industry associations (Airline Pilots Association, Cargo Airline Association, Regional Airline Association, National Air Carrier Association), plus carriers like FedEx and Hawaiian Airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Chairman Engleman-Connors will open the forum; other Safety Board Members will attend. NTSB staff will lead technical panel discussions that will examine the industry's pressing safety issues, potential solutions, and possible impediments to resolving safety concerns.

A detailed agenda, complete list of forum participants, and registration information can be found on the NTSB web site at www.ntsb.gov.

The NTSB Academy is located 45065 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn,VA 20147. Telephone: (571) 223-3900, Fax: (571) 223-3904.

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.