NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO INVESTIGATE APPARENT GAS PIPELINE EXPLOSION IN CALIFORNIA

September 10, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a Go Team to investigate last night's explosion and fire in a California neighborhood that appears to be related to a natural gas pipeline.

Local authorities in San Bruno, California, report that dozens of homes were destroyed in the accident.  The extent of injuries and possible fatalities is still being assessed.

Ravi Chhatre will serve as Investigator-in-Charge for the 4-member team from the NTSB.  The Board's Vice Chairman, Christopher Hart, is accompanying the team and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation. 

Peter Knudson is the public affairs officer accompanying the team.  Once the team arrives in California, Mr. Knudson may be reached on his cell phone at 202-557-1350.

NTSB Press Contact:
Peter Knudson (California)
202-557-1350

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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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.