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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency responsible for investigating all civil aviation accidents and other significant accidents in railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline transportation. The NTSB’s mission is to advance transportation safety. Its accident investigation findings are used to make recommendations and improvements in order to make transportation safer.

The NTSB was established by the U.S. Congress and began operations in 1967 under the Department of Transportation. In 1974, the NTSB became a completely independent agency to maintain impartiality. The NTSB employs only 400 people, but it works with other agencies and organizations as parties to its accident investigations. The NTSB investigates approximately 2,000 aviation accidents and incidents per year and more than 500 accidents in the other modes of ...

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