NTSB Defers "Most Wanted" List

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The NTSB scheduled a meeting on Tuesday to update its list of "Most Wanted" safety improvements, but instead decided it will undertake an intensive 30-day review of the effectiveness of its safety advocacy programs. "At the end of 30 days, the board will convene to review the results of the study and focus on how to achieve real safety performance," said Ellen Engleman, the new NTSB chairman. "We want results." Engleman said the NTSB staff will evaluate the overall effectiveness of its recommendations programs. "Issuing safety recommendations, alone, is not sufficient to fulfill our obligation to ensure the safety of the national transportation system," Engleman said. "Implementation of these recommendations is what will make a real difference." Tuesday's meeting was the first of the five-member board in which Engleman, Vice Chairman Mark Rosenker, and member Richard Healing participated. The current "Most Wanted" list calls for action by the FAA to provide safer control of aircraft on the ground to prevent runway incursions, better equipment and design to prevent accidents related to airframe structural icing, and the avoidance of operating transport category aircraft with explosive fuel-air mixtures in the fuel tanks. The "Most Wanted" list was first established in 1990.