NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB LAUNCHING TEAM TO INVESTIGATE AIRLINER FUSELAGE RUPTURE

April 1, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a Go Team to investigate an in-flight fuselage rupture that occurred this evening on a Southwest Airline Boeing 737 aircraft (N632SW). The damaged airplane diverted and landed safely in Yuma, Arizona.

Joe Sedor will serve as Investigator-in-Charge for the team and will depart tomorrow morning. Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team to Yuma and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation.

Terry Williams is the public affairs officer accompanying the team. Once the team arrives in Yuma tomorrow, Mr. Williams may be reached on his cell phone at 202-557-1350.

Media contact:
Terry Williams
202-557-1350 (cell)
202-314-6100 (NTSB Public Affairs Office)
williat@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.