Safety in the Skies: Personnel and Parties in the NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations: Master Volume

Safety in the Skies: Personnel and Parties in the NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations: Master Volume

Safety in the Skies: Personnel and Parties in the NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations: Master Volume

Safety in the Skies: Personnel and Parties in the NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations: Master Volume

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Recent high-profile commercial aviation mishaps have stretched NTSB's resources to the limit and are testing the ability to unravel the sorts of complex failures that lead to tragic accidents. In recognizing the enormous challenges NTSB faces, Chairman Ha

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The daily movement of millions of passengers over distances thought impossible merely a century ago is emblematic of the modern transportation era—an era characterized by speed and personal convenience. the commerce of aviation, both the operation of commercial aircraft for profit and the development of aeronautical systems, is also an important symbol of national prestige and a powerful economic force. Safety in air transportation is, therefore, a matter of profound national importance.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plays a central role in the overall equation of aviation safety. the agency enjoys the reputation of being the most important independent safety investigative authority in the world; the caliber of its investigations has become the international standard. the ntsb is considered to be the best in the business and has served as a model for independent investigative authorities in many countries. However, recent major commercial aviation accidents, such as twa Flight 800 and USAir Flight 427, have stretched the resources of the ntsb to the limit and have challenged the ability of the technical staff to unravel the kinds of complex failures that led to such horrific tragedies.

Preserving and enhancing the NTSB's ability to fulfill its crucial safety mission were the central motivations for this research and are the guiding principles behind the recommendations that are proposed. Recognizing the strain now being placed upon the limited resources of the safety board and its technical staff, ntsb Chairman Jim Hall sought a self-critical examination of the agency's capability to carry out one of its most important and visible assignments: the investigation of major commercial aviation accidents. Chairman Hall requested that the inquiry substantially pertain to this subject, with application where appropriate to the other transportation modes under the NTSB's jurisdiction.

Although the ntsb investigates thousands of general aviation, marine, rail, highway, and other transportation accidents every year . . .

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