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Closing Statement, Board Meeting: 2015 Aircraft Departure from Runway at LaGuardia, Washington, DC
Christopher A. Hart
NTSB Conference Center, Washington, DC
9/13/2016

​In closing, I would like to recognize the hard work of the NTSB staff in producing this report, and to thank my fellow Board Members for their very thoughtful participation in the process.

The pilots in this accident found themselves without timely and accurate information. Once the airplane was on the ground, the cabin crew’s effectiveness was hampered initially by loss of the Interphone, and subsequently by their own actions contrary to procedures.

The recommendations that we made, reiterated, or reclassified today reflect the lessons we learned about eliminating uncertainty through better collection and provision of information and scenario-based training to assure that cabin crews operate effectively and efficiently when they lose communications systems.

Studying operational data to determine the best way to apply the maximum safe amount of reverse thrust and providing pilots real-time data about runway braking ability could help prevent future accidents. Today’s recommendations touch on the feasibility of using technology on board airplanes to objectively capture runway braking action and immediately distribute that information to other pilots.

If the recipients of today’s recommendations put them into practice, airline, air traffic, and airport personnel will be better able to prevent a recurrence of the accident. They will also be better able to handle the aftermath if such an accident nonetheless occurs.

Millions of flights land safely every year, including in bad weather. Yet the passengers and crew of Delta flight 1086 were fortunate to have survived this accident with no loss of life or serious injuries. This accident demonstrated the hazards created when accurate, timely information is needed but not readily available.

We stand adjourned.

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