National Transportation Safety Board

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent agency of the United States federal government. This agency is tasked with investigating every civil aviation accident and significant incidents involving railroads and other modes of transportation in the United States.[1]

Unlike aviation, the NTSB investigates accidents on US railroads only if the accident involves a passenger train or if the accident results in at least one fatality or major property damage.[2]

History

The NTSB began work on April 1, 1967, as a subagency of the US Department of Transportation (DOT). This association with the DOT was severed in 1975 as a result of the Independent Safety Board Act, making the NTSB a fully independent agency within the federal government.[2]

References

  1. About the NTSB. United States National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 NTSB History and Mission. United States National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-18.


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