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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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23 Jul 2024

NTSB Raises Safety Concerns on Proposed Marijuana Changes

​​​​New rule could compromise testing for safety-sensitive employees

​WASHINGTON (July 23, 2024) ¾ The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday…

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23 Jul 2024

NTSB Determines Cause of Bulk Carrier Grounding in Vidal Shoals Channel

​​​WASHINGTON (July 23, 2024) — The bulk carrier American Mariner was leaving a dock near Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, last year when the master …

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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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