NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB SENDS GO TEAM TO DENVER TO INVESTIGATE 737 TAKEOFF ACCIDENT

December 21, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to Denver, Colorado to investigate the crash of an airliner on takeoff last night.

At 6:18 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Continental Airlines flight 1404, a Boeing 737-500 (N18611), suffered an accident while on its takeoff roll for a scheduled flight to Houston, Texas. Although there have been injuries, no fatalities have been reported. Regional NTSB investigators were on the scene of the accident within hours.

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Bill English is the Investigator-in-Charge for the team of approximately a dozen investigators. NTSB Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation. Terry Williams is the team's press officer.

The Go Team is expected to arrive in Denver later this morning. At that time, Mr. Williams may be reached on his cell phone at 202-557-1350. 

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NTSB Media Contacts:

Terry Williams (in Denver)
(202) 557-1350
williat@ntsb.gov

Ted Lopatkiewicz (in Washington)
(202) 314-6100
lopatt@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.