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23 Apr 2024

Obstructed Valve Led to Partial Sinking of Towing Vessel

​WASHINGTON (April 23, 2024) —​ An obstructed check valve on a bilge pump led to the flooding and partial sinking of a towing vessel​ last year…

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23 Apr 2024

NTSB Statement on FAA Final Rule Requiring Operators and Organizations to…

​​​WASHINGTON (April 23, 2024) – The National Transportation Safety Board welcomes recent action by the FAA that will require charter airlines,…

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19 Apr 2024

NTSB Chair Homendy Praises FAA action on Air Traffic Controller Fatigue

​​NTSB called for more rest after 2006 crash that killed 49

​WASHINGTON (April 19, 2024) – National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy…

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