NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


September 3, 2009

As part of the Safety Board's investigation into the sinking of the FV Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea, the NTSB will open the public accident docket on Friday, September 4, 2009.

On March 23, 2008, the U.S. fishing vessel, Alaska Ranger, sank in the Bering Sea, 120 nautical miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Five of the 47 persons aboard the vessel died.  The wreckage lies at the bottom of the Bering Sea and was not examined. 

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, Marine Board exhibits, 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 come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.

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.