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NTSB 21 killed in 30 days

Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Richard Wyeroski, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Yep the NTSB did not go out on accidents because of the shut down. January is usually pretty slow anyway. But now they are back and life goes on.......15 accidents and 21 killed.

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    NTSB Facing Accident Investigation Backlog (Updated)

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    With its employees returning to work on Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) must now address 97 aviation, marine, railroad and highway accidents for which it did not dispatch investigators due to the 35-day partial shutdown of government that ended on Friday. Fifteen aviation accidents resulting in a total of 21 fatalities fall into that category. Now that normal operations have resumed, the NTSB says it is developing plans to address the work that couldn’t be completed.

    “These [...] accidents now require investigative action,” the NTSB said in a news release. “The accidents in which the NTSB did not launch investigators, but would have if not for the partial shutdown, may not result in investigators physically visiting the accident sites, and, it is possible that perishable evidence may have been lost, which potentially could prevent determination of probable cause.” The number of accidents the NTSB was unable to investigate due to the shutdown was updated from 22 to 97 on Tuesday.

    Additionally, work was temporarily stopped on 1,815 ongoing general aviation and limited aviation safety investigations, a board meeting to determine the probable cause of the March 2017 runway excursion in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was postponed and more than 20 external meetings and presentations were cancelled. According to the NTSB, 367 of its employees were furloughed, 26 were excepted and four investigators were recalled during the shutdown “to support investigations of three international aviation accidents.”
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Interesting statistic on aircraft accidents. We are wrecking about the same aircraft we are building so the fleet is not getting any larger. Actually there are a lot of aircraft out there now that are older and not cost effective to make airworthy So it appears the fleet is Shrinking?

    Good new to those that own which means their aircraft are worth more I think.
     
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    ...yes, no oversight and several fatals. There was a helicopter air ambulance fatal this week in Ohio. 3 fatal and high speed impact. Nice to see that safety is a real concern with congress.

    Southwest even paid to have inspectors around during the shutdown. It was reported in the wall Street journal and I don't have a subscription. How was that even allowed?? Sounds like 800 Indy is on the take from operators??
     
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