NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 5, 2005

Washington, D.C. -- The National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release factual reports on the capsizing of the Lady D, a water taxi, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor in March 2004. The public docket will be opened on Friday, October 7, 2005, at 11:00 a.m.

On March 6, 2004, the enclosed pontoon water taxi encountered a developing storm with high winds and capsized. The Lady D was carrying 23 passengers and two crewmembers. Five passengers were killed in the accident.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It includes investigative group factual reports, photos, interview transcripts, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will be published in the final report when the investigation is completed.

For news media representatives, a CD-ROM containing the docket material will be available from the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.

For persons outside the media, docket material can be obtained from the NTSB's Public Inquiries Branch by calling (202) 314-6551 or from General Microfilm, Inc., at (304) 267- 5830.

This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

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.