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 NTSB Highway Crash Investigation 101

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NTSB Training Center 


NTSB Highway Crash Investigation


This 2 day course, led by NTSB highway crash investigators, will provide attendees with a general knowledge of the NTSB methodology for investigating major highway crashes, and understanding of the legal and practical implications of the party system.

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Dates and Tuition

June 5-6, 2019

$1034 early registration, by May 5, 2019
$1134 late registration, between May 7 and May 30, 2019

We are no longer accepting offline applications.

Note: payment must be made at time of registration.


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


NTSB Training Center • 45065 Bles Park Dr • Ashburn, Virginia 20147


OPEN. Applications are now being accepted.

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  • NTSB overview, history, and authority
  • The “Party” process
  • NTSB go-team and the on-scene investigation
    • Vehicle Factors
    • Human Performance
    • Survival Factors
    • Motor Carrier Investigation
    • Highway Factor
  • Role of supporting divisions (recorders, mapping, medical, material lab, general counsel)
  • Final reports, findings, safety recommendations, and probable cause
  • Mock highway crash investigation – case study
  • Optional, TWA flight 800 tutorial and examination of the reconstruction of the aircraft wreckage

Performance Results

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the entire process, from when the NTSB receives the initial notification that a crash has occurred through the issuance of the final report and determination of probable cause
  • Describe the “team” approach to highway crash investigation and the NTSB expectations of party members
  • Understand how the NTSB and law enforcement interacts with each other and with the media at the crash site and during the on-going parallel criminal investigations
  • Understand the legal and practical implications of the party system.

Who May Attend

  • Investigators from the NTSB and other accident investigation authorities/commissions worldwide
  • Law enforcement and private crash investigators
  • Potential parties to an NTSB investigation
  • Investigative and safety personnel employed by the commercial vehicle industry Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)


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Washington Dulles International (IAD): 10 miles
Washington Ronald Reagan National (DCA): 30 miles
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 60 miles

More Information

Email or call (571) 223-3939