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In addition, we conduct transportation safety research studies and offer information and other assistance to family members and survivors for each accident or event we investigate. 

We also serve as the appellate authority​ for enforcement actions involving aviation and mariner certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and US Coast Guard, and we adjudicate appeals of civil penalty actions taken by the FAA.​​​​

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16 May 2024

Homendy Applauds Passage of NTSB and FAA Reauthorization Bills

​​Legislation includes action on critical NTSB priorities

​WASHINGTON (May 16, 2024) — National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer…

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9 May 2024

Inadequate Fire Notifications at Issue in Fishing Vessel Loss

​​​Crew aboard docked vessel not informed of blaze

WASHINGTON (May 9​, 2024) — A vessel fire that burned for s​ix days last year in Tacoma,…

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9 May 2024

NTSB to Meet on Near- Collision of Two Airliners in Texas

​​​WASHINGTON (May 9, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold an in-person board meeting in Washington on its investigation into…

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