National Transportation Safety Board

November 11, 2008 - 9:55am

Due to a high number of fatal aeromedical accidents over the past year, the NTSB yesterday announced it will hold a public hearing on the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. The three-day hearing will begin on February 3 at the NTSB’s headquarters in
 Washington, D.C.

October 27, 2008 - 10:13am

Aviation deaths decreased from 784 in 2006 to 545 last year, according to the NTSB. Although nearly 90 percent of the 2007 aviation fatalities occurred in general aviation accidents (491), they still represented a significant decrease from the previous year (703). Marine deaths decreased from 800 to 766, and rail fatalities increased slightly from 774 to 808.

October 9, 2008 - 10:08am

The U.S. aviation system received a score of 91 out of 100 in a new safety audit released by the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency that oversees international civil aviation.

August 12, 2008 - 6:35am

You said recently that the NTSB could become more proactive if it investigated incidents, as well as accidents. Please explain.

July 1, 2008 - 11:54am

The two aeromedical Bell 407s involved in a fatal midair over Flagstaff, Ariz., on Sunday afternoon were not equipped with traffic collision avoidance systems or cockpit voice or data recorders, an NTSB spokesman told AIN.

June 12, 2008 - 12:31pm

The NTSB cited three accidents and an incident involving a regional airline as the basis for a pair of recommendations issued Tuesday to the FAA related to pilot fatigue.

May 28, 2008 - 7:55am

Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) boss Marion Blakey became the ninth chairperson of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), taking over from Jim Hall in late September. Hall resigned last January after seven years with the independent safety agency, six of them as chairman.

May 21, 2008 - 11:05am

President Bush nominated former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator Marion Blakey to the NTSB. If she is confirmed by the Senate, Bush plans to nominate her as chair of the Board.

May 19, 2008 - 7:48am

Although the number of general aviation accidents last year was the lowest total since record keeping began in 1938, the NTSB noted that the accident rate increased slightly from 6.33 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2000 to 6.56 accidents last year.

May 16, 2008 - 5:17am

In the first quarter of this year, the U.S.-registered Part 91 and 135 business jet and turboprop fleet experienced 22 total accidents, five of which killed a total of 15 people, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.

 
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