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Who We Are and What We Do

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.​

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28 Sep 2023

Government shutdown would negatively impact transportation safety

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2023) — National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy issued the following statement in response to the…

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28 Sep 2023

Jammed Flight Control and Failure to Implement Preflight Procedure Led to…

​​​WASHINGTON (September 28, 2023) — Jammed flight control surfaces that should have been identified in a preflight inspection injured two and caused…

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27 Sep 2023

NTSB Staffing up for Safety

​​Agency hires record number of employees

WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2023)  The National Transportation Safety Board has dramatically increased hiring…

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