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Aviation Accidents

It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.

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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.

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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.

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NTSB Accident Report

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent accident investigation agency, is responsible for looking into aviation, marine, railroad, pipeline, and highway accidents. With transportation safety as their ultimate goal, NTSB investigators seek to determine probable causes of accidents and then develop safety recommendations intended to prevent similar accidents in the future. Once the investigation is complete, an NTSB accident report is prepared.

Information Contained in an NTSB Accident Report

An NTSB accident report contains factual information pertaining to the conditions and circumstances under which the accident occurred as well as analyses, conclusions, and probable causes.

There are several types of NTSB accident reports:

  • Preliminary reports – Usually released during press briefings a few days to a month after the accident
  • Factual reports – Available in a public docket typically six months after the accident
  • Probable cause reports – Reviewed in a public safety meeting at Safety Board headquarters in Washington D.C. generally within a year of the accident

Shortly after the public safety meeting, the Board’s Public Affairs Office issues an abstract that contains conclusions and any safety recommendations. The final NTSB accident report is then printed for public distribution.

NTSB accident reports from 1996 to the present are available on the agency’s website. Reports for major accidents that occurred between 1967 and 1995 are available through the National Technical Information Service.

Filing An NTSB Accident Report

Aircraft operators are required by federal law to report aviation accidents to the NTSB. Individuals who have been involved in an aviation accident can contact the nearest regional agency office to file an NTSB accident report.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation through an aviation lawsuit. Because a statute of limitations applies to all aviation accidents, it is wise to seek the early advice of an attorney experienced in aviation law. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a qualified aviation attorney.

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