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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. 

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23 May 2024

NTSB Determines Probable Cause in Ohio River Tow Strike

​WASHINGTON (May 23, 2024) — A barge tow struck a mooring cell on the Ohio River last year after encountering a strong outdraft current above the…

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21 May 2024

Flawed Propeller Blade Leads to Loss of Propulsion on Containership

​​​WASHINGTON (May 21, 2024) — A containership’s propeller blade cracked leading to a loss of hydraulic oil and propulsion while transiting the…

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16 May 2024

Homendy Applauds Passage of NTSB and FAA Reauthorization Bills

​​Legislation includes action on critical NTSB priorities

​WASHINGTON (May 16, 2024) — National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer…

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