I am an independent researcher working closely with several NTSB aviation accident reports and would prefer a printed hard-copy. I realize I can print out all of the relevant sections of each report but was curious as to whether hard-copies are published by NTSB?

*Edit: I am working on a museum display which would include the presentation of a hard-copy of a report. The specific packaging by NTSB would be valuable to me in this context.

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    $\begingroup$ Contact the NTSB... $\endgroup$ – CGCampbell May 6 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ You can get them from sellers on Amazon book-on-demand. Which reports do you need? Give me a day to upload them to Amazon book-on-demand... ;) ;) J/K take the PDF on a USB stick down to Kinkos or other competent copy shop, and they'll print it out and bind it for you. $\endgroup$ – Harper - Reinstate Monica May 6 at 18:18

I'm not sure that this is on topic, but the short answer seems to be that you need to contact the National Technical Information Service. NTSB reports used to include this text:

Accident reports, safety studies, special investigation reports, statistical reviews, and safety recommendations may be downloaded from the NTSB Web site, or printed copies may be purchased from:

National Technical Information Service
5285 Port Royal Road Springfield, Virginia 22161

(703) 487-4630 (Subscription Orders) (703) 487-4650 (Single-Copy Orders)
(Subscription rates apply to certain recurring publications)

The current wording is:

Copies of NTSB publications may be downloaded at no cost from the National Technical Information Service, at the National Technical Reports Library search page, using product number PB2020-101001. For additional assistance, contact—
National Technical Information Service
5301 Shawnee Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312 (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000

Alternatively, since NTSB reports are in the public domain (with some limited caveats) you could just get them printed at your local print store, presumably much more quickly and cheaply than by going to NTIS.


Are you looking for the big ones with titles with "NTSB/AAR[yr]-[number]" in them (as opposed to the shorter, automatically-generated reports you get by browsing around in the NTSB's aviation accident database?

If so, most of them can be downloaded in PDF format from the NTSB website, free of charge, although some of the reports listed (especially the older ones) don't have an online copy available there. Alternatively, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Hunt Library holds their own copies of every NTSB/AAR[yr]-[number]-series report that has been published, and has PDFs available on their website for every single one, also gratis.

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    $\begingroup$ The Embry-Riddle connection is valuable, but it sounds like the questioner already knows how to download PDFs. For whatever reason, the question is about something else. $\endgroup$ – Camille Goudeseune May 6 at 1:21

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