NTSB Delivers 2008 Annual Report to Congress

The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday released its annual report to Congress, providing a summary of accident investigations and safety recommendations in the past calendar year.

The 2008 highlights include:

  • 19 major accident investigations, including seven aviation, three highway, three marine, four rail, and two pipeline
  • 221 regional accident investigations, including 206 aviation, seven highway, four marine, and four rail
  • 18 international aviation accident investigations in which support was provided in accordance with international treaty
  • 34 major reports and accident briefs adopted, including 13 aviation, seven highway, three marine, 10 rail, and one pipeline
  • 129 safety recommendations issued
  • 67 safety recommendations closed

"The calendar year 2008 was an extremely active one as board staff traveled to accident sites all over the U.S. involving every mode of transportation, lending their expertise and investigative skills." said Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "We also completed a number of significant accident investigations, including the August 2007 collapse of the Minneapolis I-35W bridge, and issued numerous safety recommendations in our continued quest to facilitate improvements in transportation safety throughout the entire nation."

The 2008 report includes several new sections, including a review of agency accomplishments in the areas of international outreach, information technology, and planning and performance. The 2008 report also includes enhanced graphics, maps, and statistical charts to provide readers with greater detail and clarity on all board activities.

A copy of the 2008 Annual Report to Congress may be found at www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2009/SPC0901.htm.

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