NTSB Calls on Amtrak to Review Crew Members' Actions

The safety board said in a letter that Amtrak should install crash-and-fire-protected audio and image recorders in the cabs of all of its trains.

The National Transportation Safety Board has posted a letter insisting that Amtrak should install crash-and-fire-protected audio and image recorders in the cabs of all of its trains and review the recordings to make sure crew members are following procedures. NTSB has also asked Amtrak to report twice a year on the progress being made in the installation of the recorders.

"The information that recorders can provide to ensure that crews are consistently operating trains safely is just too valuable to ignore," said NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart. "And recordings can provide critical information in understanding crew actions prior to accidents, which can help prevent tragedies like the recent derailment in Philadelphia."

In a separate letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, NTSB reiterated the previous recommendations.

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