US accident bureau eyeing safety data access

The head of the US National Transportation Safety Board has laid out a new advocacy role for the agency, focused on spotting safety hazards before they can prompt investigations of incidents or accidents, according to

Sketching out the strategy in a speech to an international aviation conference yesterday, NTSB chairman Christopher Hart emphasized growing cooperation between the safety board, whose primary function has been to probe accidents, and regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The FAA increasingly is sharing high-level safety data and analyses with the NTSB that originally were voluntarily supplied by airlines, pilots, mechanics and other segments of the industry. At the start, the information wasn’t supposed go to any other agency,” said the report.


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