NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB highlights international aviation safety

October 12, 2011

Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) outlined the agency's role and participation in international aviation safety investigations; a lesser known role for the agency.

"Aviation safety knows no borders - and there are no boundaries to what we can achieve when we work together," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman. "The NTSB works closely with our international counterparts to provide technical expertise in foreign aviation accident investigations and similarly, we have benefitted from their participation in our investigations."

During the Board meeting, NTSB Board members and staff discussed the U.S. obligations under the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Annex 13. Annex 13 provides the international protocols for the investigation of aircraft accidents and incidents. The meeting also highlighted specific examples of international investigations in which NTSB participation led to improvements in aviation safety in the U.S. and abroad.

Facts about international aviation accident investigations:

Contact: NTSB Public Affairs
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



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