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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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20 Jun 2024

NTSB Issues Preliminary Reports on 2 Runway Incursions

​​Events occurred in New York City and Burbank, California

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2024) — The NTSB issued preliminary reports this week on an April 17…

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13 Jun 2024

NTSB to Meet and Approve Final Report on Norfolk Southern Train Derailment…

NTSB Chair will also hold two community meetings ​​

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board will return to East…

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6 Jun 2024

Air Traffic Control Issues, Lack of Safety Technology Led to Near-Collision…

​​​​NTSB Recommends System to Alert Controllers and Pilots to Potential Traffic Conflicts

WASHINGTON (June 6, 2024) — Today, the National…

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