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​​​​​​​​​​​The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant events in the other modes of transportation—railroad, transit, highway, marine, pipeline, and commercial space. We determine the probable causes of the accidents and events we investigate and issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing future occurrences. 

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.​



21 Sep 2023

Excessive Speed Leads to Tugboat Grounding

​​​NTSB encourages owners and operators of ASD tugboats to set speed limits for certain maneuvers

WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2023) — Excessive speed during…

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18 Sep 2023

NTSB Removes PA Public Utilities Commission as Party to R.M. Palmer Factory…

​​Subpoena issued for documents

​WASHINGTON (September 18, 2023) – The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it has removed the…

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7 Sep 2023

Failure to Maintain Crane Barge Results in $6M Loss

​An estimated 2,000 gallons of oil released in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2023) — A barge owner’s lack of inspection and maintenance led to…

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