Statement of NTSB Chair on FAA’s Alaska Air Safety Report

10/14/2021

​​WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2021) — "Today’s action by the FAA is a step forward in addressing Alaska’s unique place in aviation safety,’’ said NTSB Chair Jennifer L. Homendy. “But more needs to be done to ensure air transportation is as safe in Alaska as in the rest of the nation. We look forward to reviewing the recommendations."

In September 2019, the NTSB held a roundtable discussion in Anchorage, Alaska, "Alaska Part 135 Flight Operations – Charting a Safer Course," with the FAA and aviation stakeholders to address aviation safety challenges in Alaska. As a result of the roundtable, in February 2020 the NTSB issued a Safety Recommendation Report, which included Recommendation A-20-11 for the FAA to "work with the stakeholders that service the Alaska aviation industry to implement a safety-focused working group to review, prioritize, and integrate Alaska’s aviation safety needs into the FAA’s safety enhancement process."​

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