Saturday, September 24, 2011

NTSB Investigation of the Accident in Reno

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has launched an investigation into the recent crash at an air race in Reno, Nevada in which the pilot and 10 bystanders were killed.  "The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline -- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents."

The NTSB has been uploading press briefings to YouTube.  Although this video is a little dry, it provides a good overview of the process followed by the agency. 

The final NTSB report is usually released 1-2 years after an accident occurs. Recent reports are available from the agency website. In addition a selection of historic accident reports is available from the Department of Transportation's Online Digital Special Collections.  Tracking down the reports issued in between can be something of a challenge.  Many of them were distributed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).  Use the NTIS database or the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) to identify report numbers.  Newer ones are generally available online.  The "in-between" years should be in the microfiche collections of the Government Information Library.
Additional links on issues relating to transportation are available on our aptly-named Transportation page.

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