We have no other witnesses to testify, so the NTSB's investigative hearing
into the crash of UPS Flight 1354 at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
Airport is concluded. The record will remain open for additional materials
requested during the hearing.
On behalf of my fellow Board members and the NTSB staff, I extend our
appreciation to the participants at this hearing.
Thank you - to the witnesses for their testimony, and the parties and the
party spokespersons for their cooperation. While each individual and
organization represented here brings different knowledge to the table and has a
different perspective, everyone has the same goal: to improve aviation
I'd also like to acknowledge the NTSB staff from our Office of Aviation
Safety and the support of staff from many NTSB offices.
The transcript is scheduled to be available to the parties and witnesses
electronically within 7 days of completion of the hearing. Any corrections to
the transcript by witnesses or parties should be sent to the Hearing Officer,
Mr. Lovell, within 30 days of receipt of the transcript. Any documents or
information identified during the hearing that a party agrees to furnish to the
NTSB should also be sent to the Hearing Officer by that same date. Finally, each
of the parties will be invited to put forward a submission; each submission will
be evaluated and reviewed and placed in the docket for this accident.
The archive of today's hearing webcast will remain on the NTSB website for
several months, and the hearing transcript and all of the materials entered into
the record will become part of the public docket, along with other records of
Today, we have shined a valuable light on the facts and circumstances of
August 14 to better understand the crash and to prevent similar accidents in the
future. Our investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to work diligently to
finalize our report.
To the families and friends of the captain and first officer of Flight 1354:
the words etched into the NTSB Training Center entryway are: "From tragedy we
draw knowledge to improve the safety of us all." We will endeavor to do
Thank you for your participation.
We stand adjourned.