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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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15 Apr 2024

NTSB Names Patrick Warren as Rail Safety Director ​​​and Mike Budinski…

WA​SHINGTON (April 15, 2024) – The National Transportation Safety Board named Patrick Warren director of the Office of Railroad, Pipeline & Hazardous…

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8 Apr 2024

NTSB Adds Two Board Members, Bringing Safety Panel to Full Strength

​​Alvin Brown and J. Todd Inman sworn in

WASHINGTON (April 8, 2024) – Alvin Brown and J. Todd Inman were sworn in as members of the National…

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2 Apr 2024

NTSB: Complacency Led to Bridge Strike in Mississippi River

​​​WASHINGTON (April 2, 2024) — A towing vessel captain’s complacency led to barges striking the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge last year in the Mississippi…

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