It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.
The NTSB, which operates independently of other government agencies, is primarily responsible for investigating aviation accidents and issuing safety recommendations based on its findings. While the NTSB has no direct regulatory or enforcement power with regard to aviation law, it does have significant power of influence on those who can effect change. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all NTSB safety recommendations are adopted by the FAA or other regulatory agencies.
Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.
"Group Demands Information on Flight 800 Crash"
July 14, 2006
An independent research group has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, demanding that it release information about a piece of debris from TWA flight 800.
The Massachusetts-based organization, headed by physicist Tom Stalcup, claims that federal investigators are concealing evidence that may explain the cause of the crash. On Wednesday, the group filed a lawsuit invoking the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the filing, the group has made numerous FOIA requests of the National Transportation Safety Board since 2004. The NTSB has not provided the group with any of the data it has requested, the lawsuit said.
“All of the data requested is of great importance to the public understanding of the crash of TWA Flight 800,” said Stalcup.
Flight 800 crashed in 1996 shortly after taking off from Kennedy International Airport in New York. Federal investigators attributed the crash to a spark in the fuel tank, but rumors that a missile brought down the plane began to circulate immediately.
The complaint suggests that a piece of debris that landed closer to the airport than the rest of the plane holds the key to understanding the crash.
“One piece in particular landed closer to JFK Airport than any of the other thousands of recovered items…after exiting the airframe at apparent supersonic speeds,” said the suit.
The NTSB blames its failure to respond to FOIA requests in a timely fashion on limited resources.
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