NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


January 6, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting to consider a safety study on the effectiveness of airbags in general aviation (GA) aircraft.

The NTSB initiated the safety study to 1) examine the effectiveness of airbags in mitigating occupant injury in a survivable GA accident, 2) identify any unintended consequences of airbag deployments, and 3) develop procedures to assist investigators in documenting airbag systems in future investigations.

During the course of the study, investigators became aware of several potential issues that could compromise occupant safety associated with the use, adjustment and design of restraint systems. All of these findings will be presented to the five-Member Board for their consideration.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11, at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.

A live and archived webcast of the proceedings will be available on the Board's website at http://www.ntsb.gov/Events/Boardmeeting.htm. Technical support details are available under "Board Meetings." To report any problems, please call 703-993-3100 and ask for Webcast Technical Support. 

A summary of the safety study, which will include its findings and safety recommendations, will appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The entire study will appear on the website several weeks later.

Directions to the NTSB Board Room: Front door located on Lower 10th Street, directly below L'Enfant Plaza. From Metro, exit L'Enfant Plaza station at 9th and D Streets escalator, walk through shopping mall, at the CVS store (on the left), and take escalator (on the right) down one level. The Board room will be to your left

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.