No Accidents Overlooked

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"Whether we launch to the scene or not, we will conduct all of the research, interviews, and follow-up examinations necessary to perform an appropriate investigation," Rosenker said. "We will write the final report, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of every single accident, no matter how small. This is our mandate, and we are sticking to it." Rosenker said the NTSB has been on-site at 62 percent of fatal accidents over the last three years, a drop from 75 percent previously. "I assure you that this 13-point drop involved fatal accidents that had known circumstances and no safety payback," he said. Rosenker added that by prioritizing and conserving resources, the safety board has decreased its backlog of cases from 2,500 to less than 400 over the last five years. The backlog consists of cases over six months old with no probable-cause finding. He also added that areas of GA safety that the safety board is monitoring include helicopter operations for air tours and offshore oil rigs, aging aircraft, icing, and light sport aircraft.