Honorable Deborah Hersman, NTSB Board Member

Opening Statement
Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman
National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC - June 5, 2012
American Airlines Flight 2253, Runway Overrun
Jackson Hole, Wyoming - December 29, 2010
(As Prepared for Delivery)


Welcome back, we will proceed to the second item on our agenda. Member Earl Weener has recused himself consistent with his ethics agreement.

Now, we will consider the December 29, 2010, incident in which an American Airlines Boeing 757-200 airplane ran off the end of a runway and came to a stop in deep snow after landing at Jackson Hole Airport, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fortunately, none of the 185 people on board were injured and the airplane sustained only minor damage.

Yet, with this incident we have had a great opportunity to work with the pilots, the manufacturer, and the airline, alike. American Airlines, while not an official party to the investigation, fully responded to all requests and provided support to the investigation in the months that followed the overrun.

I am pleased to note that since this incident American Airlines has modified its internal procedures for recorder handling and coordination with its Flight Safety Office immediately following an accident or incident. The NTSB is encouraged by the carrier's proactive efforts and the enhanced interactions with its Flight Safety Office.

Incident investigations, such as this one, point out the benefits of sharing de-identified, aggregated data so that similar experiences across the fleet can help point out potential safety issues, allowing them to be addressed before accidents occur.

We do not have to report tragic losses of life to underscore the importance of investigating, learning, and making changes to constantly improve aviation safety. This investigation can be likened to a successful Safety Management System, which employs observation, learning, and adjustment to continuously improve safety.

Dr. Mayer, will you please introduce the staff.