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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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18 Jul 2024

NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Dangers of Marijuana for Teen Drivers

​​Deadly Oklahoma crash highlights need for increased education about impairing effects

WASHINGTON (Jul. 18, 2024) –The National Transportation Safety…

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17 Jul 2024

NTSB Releases Details on Boeing 737 Door Plug Investigative Hearing

​​WASHINGTON (July 17, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board releases additional details on its Aug. 6-7 fact-gathering hearing on its…

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16 Jul 2024

NTSB Issues Final Report on 2023 Fire Aboard Passenger Vessel Stored Ashore…

Report highlights precautions for stray welding current

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday issued the final…

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