NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 18, 2004

Ashburn, VA - Today the National Transportation Safety Board officially dedicated its training academy in Ashburn, Virginia to the victims of transportation accidents and their families. NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners drew attention to the inscription on the front of the Academy that reads, "From tragedy we draw knowledge to improve the safety of all." The Chairman stated, "Out of tragedy, good must come. The NTSB Academy enhances the Safety Board's ability to promote its safety recommendations so that they will be implemented, and to sharpen the expertise of accident investigators throughout the world -- all with the goal of saving lives."

Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta gave the keynote address at the dedication. In his remarks the Secretary noted, "It should come as no surprise to anyone that the courses offered here are taught by some of the best and brightest investigators in the business, the Safety Board employees themselves. The relentless pursuit of safety has a home at the NTSB Academy."

Congressman James L. Oberstar, Ranking Democratic Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall, and Charles H. Simpson Acting Chairman of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada also addressed the audience of transportation safety leaders. Several family members of victims of transportation accidents performed the ribbon cutting.

The NTSB Academy opened its doors on the Virginia campus of George Washington University in Ashburn in September 2003. The Academy provides training for NTSB investigators and others from the transportation community to improve their practice of accident investigation techniques. The curriculum promotes independent, objective, and technically advanced accident investigations that will enhance the safety of all modes of transportation.

The NTSB Academy is located at 45065 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia. Information about the facility is on the NTSB website, www.ntsb.gov.

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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.