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National Transportation and Safety Board, an American organization in charge of investigating incidents in America.

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Is landing gear-up against the regs?

Typically, landing a plane gear-up results in costly damage, which easily triggers the NTSB reporting requirement. However, as a glider pilot I can easily see how landing a glider gear-up would cause ...
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Why did the NTSB issue a full report for this accident?

The NTSB issued a full aircraft accident report https://libraryonline.erau.edu/online-full-text/ntsb/aircraft-accident-reports/AAR73-10.pdf for what seems to me to be a small general aviation crash. ...
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Is it possible to order or purchase a hardcopy of an NTSB report? [closed]

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 ...
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Why might a too-wide runway be a problem?

In the September 2020 issue of EAA's Sport Aviation, Budd Davisson writes Runway width becomes a problem for some taildraggers when it gets to be less than 35-40 feet because of the lack of ...
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Am I required to report an incident that isn't specifically mentioned in 49 CFR 830?

I have read an understand NTSB Part 830, and know that IMMEDIATE notification to the NTSB is required for aircraft accidents and the listed serious incidents. My question is, is there a requirement to ...
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Regarding 49 CFR 830, what is considered an in-flight fire?

49 CFR 830.5 requires immediate notification for in-flight fires. Does that mean there must have been visible plasma? Would the presence of smoke alone be enough to report that there was a fire, or ...
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Is there a typical time on site during an investigation of a major accident?

An answer to the question Why does it take months, sometimes years, for the BEA and NTSB to complete aviation accident investigations? said, Visiting the Site - First there will be a team that ...
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What is the difference between the NTSB's "Aviation Accident Database" and their "Aviation Accident Reports" list?

I'm trying to understand why there are thousands more records in the "Aviation Accident Database," located here: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx than there are in the "...
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Is there a way to register for updates on certain NTSB investigations?

I would like to track the progress of an investigation of a particular accident, NTSB WPR18FA200. Some areas of the FAA website (advisory circulars, for example) allow users to register to receive ...
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Where to find a 1983 NTSB report of a R-22 clutch failure?

Why can't I find the incident report I had to file after my death defying landing at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa Ca. around 1983? They found the clutch with 4 belts to have malfunctioned and ...
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Where can I find the NTSB order for Administrator v. Walkup and/or v. Hamre?

In a footnote to Administrator v Strobel, the NTSB states: Our precedent makes clear that, “[r]egardless of who is manipulating the controls of the aircraft during an instructional flight, or ...
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What is the procedure for an air traffic controller after a major crash or incident occurs on their watch?

How will an air traffic controller will be treated right after a major incident?
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What's the best way to see accident rates for a particular make/model of aircraft?

I'm looking for a simple way to get NTSB safety statistics for different makes/models of aircraft so I can answer questions like: How does the Diamond Aircraft safety record compare to general ...
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Is the NTSB hostile to pilots, as depicted in the movie 'Sully'?

This is based upon events portrayed in the movie Sully. If the film is taken at face value, what we basically see is a (fairly brazen) stitch-up attempt by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety ...
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Have crash investigators ever used pilot cameras to help find the cause of a GA crash?

With video cameras being completely ubiquitous and GoPro cameras able to be mounted pretty much anywhere, lots of GA pilots now like to make videos of their own flights. A passenger's cell phone video ...
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Why does it take months, sometimes years, for the BEA and NTSB to complete aviation accident investigations?

I'm aware that there is a lot that goes into an aircraft accident investigation, so I understand that the investigations take a long time for a reason. But what I don't know is what those reasons ...
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Where can I find records about accidents in the South Vietnam Air Force? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place for this question, but I guess it's related to aviation right? My grand uncle was a pilot in the South Vietnam Air Force. He served from 1964 to 1968. He flew ...
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Under what circumstances is an FAA accident report required?

Under what circumstances is an FAA accident report required? For example, if two planes are pushing back from a terminal and their wings collide is an accident report always required or does it ...
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Why does the NTSB release transcripts of Cockpit Voice Recordings, but not the actual recordings?

From what I have read it is illegal for the National Transportation Safety Board to release Cockpit Voice Recordings, while they are allowed to release its transcripts. From AirDisaster: It is ...
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Has anyone compiled all the NTSB accident reports and broke down the percentages for cause of accident and fatalities?

I am not talking the typical breakdown such as Pilot/Mechanical/Other, but rather, more specific things such as, engine failure, Stall/Spin on approach, controlled flight into terrain... etc
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Why is the FDR and CVR put into water again after a water crash?

When a plane crashes in the water and the investigator team looks for the FDR and CVR, why do they put it in a container of water when they find it ?
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Does the NTSB provide CVR audio recordings alongside transcripts in accident reports?

Reading the NTSB's accident report on US1549, there is a transcript of the CVR from page 149 onwards in the PDF (marked as page 130 on hardcopy). Small clips of the ATC/crew communications exist, but ...
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Can I find out why an aircraft squawked an emergency code (7x00)?

I have recently been using a mobile app to track flights, which is really cool. I live in the rural heartland of America, so it's an event for me to see an A380 actually flying. Every once in a ...
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Another airplane almost hit me, but an ACAS Resolution Advisory told me to climb first. Now what?

So when a pilot is flying along and suddenly hears a "Climb... Climb..." Resolution Advisory (RA) from ACAS/TCAS, we are trained to immediately climb to avoid a collision with another aircraft. ...
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