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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.​​​​



9 Jul 2024

Missed Rock on Navigational Chart Led to Grounding of Articulated Tug,…

​​​WASHINGTON (July 9, 2024) — An articulated tug and barge hit a known underwater rock near Kodiak, Alaska, last year, leading to a grounding that…

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27 Jun 2024

Boeing Sanctioned for Sharing Non-Public Investigative Information With…

​​​WASHINGTON (June 27, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board announced a series of restrictions and sanctions on Boeing after the company…

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27 Jun 2024

NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest Contains Maritime Lessons Learned in 2023

​​WASHINGTON (June 27, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board released Safer Seas Digest 2023, which gathers the most important lessons…

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