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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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21 Feb 2024

Maintenance and Oversight Failures Led to 2022 Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse

​WASHINGTON (Feb. 21, 2024) – Critical lapses in bridge maintenance and oversight by multiple agencies led to the collapse of the 447-foot-long Fern…

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15 Feb 2024

NTSB Issues Report on 2022 Sinking of Alaska Fishing Vessel

​​Bilge alarms did not sound before capsizing

WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined flooding into the…

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13 Feb 2024

NTSB: Retrofit all Cockpit Voice Recorder-Equipped Airplanes With 25-Hour…

​​​Existing fleet excluded from FAA proposal

WASHINGTON (Feb. 13, 2024) – The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday again called on the Federal…

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