NTSB Widens Public Access To Crash Investigation Info

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Starting June 1, 2009, the NTSB will begin to release on its public Web site all public dockets regarding to accident investigation. The program helps align the board with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act Improvement Plan and follows closely on the much publicized contortions the FAA went through in considering the withholding of and then providing access to bird-strike data. It also moves the board into compliance with multiple mandates of the legislative and executive branches that are meant to better leverage electronic media to create more transparency in government. Acting NTSB Chairman, Mark V. Rosenker, put the board behind the move saying, "I am proud that the NTSB is taking this enormous step forward by making all accident investigation documents contained in our public dockets available to NTSB Web site visitors." The public dockets will be available in the FOIA electronic reading room.

A link to the list of public dockets may be found here. Files are organized by transportation mode. Additional information about dockets may be obtained via the NTSB records management division.