NTSB Amends Accident Reporting Requirements

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The NTSB has published a final rule amending its regulations and reporting requirements regarding aircraft accidents and specifying the sort of accidents that must be reported immediately. Incidents making the list now include specific EFIS system and PFD or PND failures, and specific collision avoidance system advisories received while operating on an instrument flight plan or in class A airspace. Also included are powerplant issues including turbine component failure resulting in debris thrown anywhere other than out the exhaust path, and propeller failure resulting from anything other than a ground strike. Along with all that, air carriers will be required to report any landing or departure from a taxiway or use of the wrong runway. There is more.

The complete final rule is available online as published in the Federal Register, here. It includes information regarding reporting of overdue aircraft and preservation of aircraft wreckage. The provisions detailed in the rule will become effective March 8, 2010.