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National Transportation Safety Board

490 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20594


Board Members

Board Members
CHAIR Robert L. Sumwalt III

Member T. Bella Dinh-Zarr
Member Christopher A. Hart
Member Earl F. Weener

Office Heads Reporting to the Board

Office Heads Reporting to the Board
Chief Financial Officer Edward Benthall

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fara D. Guest
Office of Safety Recommendations and Communications Sharon Bryson

General Counsel Kathleen Silbaugh


Office Heads Reporting to the Managing Director

Office Heads Reporting to the Managing Director
Administrative Law Judge Alfonso J. Montaño
Information Officer Angel Santa

Office of Administration Susan Kantrowitz
Office of Aviation Safety John DeLisi
Office of Highway Safety Robert J. Molloy
Office of Marine Safety Brian Curtis
Office of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Investigations Robert J. Hall
Office of Research and Engineering James Ritter

The above list of key personnel was updated 1–2018.

The above list of key personnel was updated 1–2018.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates accidents, conducts studies, and makes recommendations on safety to Government agencies, the transportation industry, and others.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was established in 1967. On April 1, 1975, the Independent Safety Board Act of 1974 (49 U.S.C. 1111) reestablished the NTSB as an independent agency outside the Department of Transportation.

The NTSB consists of five members whom the President appoints for 5-year terms with the advice and consent of the Senate. The President designates two of these members as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board for 2-year terms. The President designates the Chair also with the advice and consent of the Senate.


Accident Investigation

The NTSB investigates, determines probable cause, makes safety recommendations, and reports the facts and circumstances of the following types of accidents: U.S. civil aviation and certain public-use aircraft accidents; railroad accidents involving a fatality, substantial property damage, or a passenger train; pipeline accidents involving a fatality, substantial property damage, or significant harm to the environment; highway accidents (including railroad grade-crossing accidents) that the NTSB selects in cooperation with the States; major marine casualties and accidents involving a public vessel and a nonpublic vessel; certain accidents involving hazardous materials; and other transportation accidents that are catastrophic, caused by recurring problems, or otherwise should be investigated in the judgment of the Board.

Safety Problem Identification

The NTSB makes recommendations on matters of transportation safety. It reduces the severity and number of transportation accidents by conducting safety studies and special investigations; assessing accident investigation techniques and publishing recommended procedures; establishing regulatory requirements for reporting accidents; evaluating the transportation safety consciousness and efficacy of other Government agencies in accident prevention; evaluating safeguards and procedures for the transportation of hazardous materials and the performance of other Government agencies charged with ensuring the safe transportation of such materials; and reporting annually to the Congress on its activities.

Family Assistance for Aviation Disasters

The NTSB coordinates the resources of the Federal Government and other organizations to support the efforts of local and State governments and airlines to meet the needs of aviation disaster victims and their families. It assists in making Federal resources available to local authorities and airlines.

Certificate, Civil Penalty, and License Appeal

On appeal, the NTSB reviews the suspension, amendment, modification, revocation, or denial of certain certificates, licenses, and assessments of civil penalties issued by the Secretary of Transportation. The NTSB also reviews, on appeal from the orders of any administrative law judge, decisions of the Commandant of the Coast Guard that revoke, suspend, or deny certain licenses, certificates, documents, and registers.

Sources of Information

Advocacy Priorities

The "Most Wanted List" raises awareness of what may be done to reduce the number of transportation accidents and the loss of life caused by them.

Career Opportunities

Information on career paths at the NTSB is available on its website. For more information, contact the Human Resources Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC 20594. Phone, 202-314-6230.

Contracts / Procurement

For information on contracting and procurement opportunities, contact the Contracting Officer, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC 20594. Phone, 202-314-6102.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Effective on July 5, 1967, the FOIA gives any person a right to obtain access to Federal agency records; however, nine exemptions and three special law enforcement record exclusions shield certain records or portions of them from public disclosure. A FOIA request may be made for any agency record.


On December 17, 1903, the Wright "Flyer" became the first powered, heavier-than-air, piloted machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight. Twenty-three years later, the U.S. Congress charged the Department of Commerce with investigating the causes of aircraft accidents. Today, NTSB investigators are on call around-the-clock, every day of the year, to investigate significant aviation and surface transportation accidents wherever they may occur. To learn more of the NTSB's story, visit the "History of the National Transportation Safety Board" web page.


The NTSB maintains a database of major aviation, highway, marine, pipeline, and railroad investigations, both ongoing and completed, on its website.

Open Government

The NTSB supports the Open Government initiative.

Organizational Chart

The NTSB's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


Publications are free of charge for the following categories of subscribers: Federal, State, or local transportation agencies; international transportation organizations or foreign governments; educational institutions or public libraries; nonprofit public safety organizations; and the news media. To receive copies of NTSB publications, persons in these categories should contact the Records Management Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC 20594. Phone, 202-314-6551. All other persons may download NTSB publications from the agency’s website, or purchase NTSB publications from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161. To place an order, call the subscription unit at 703-487-4630 or the sales desk at 703-487-4768. More information is available on the NTSB website.

Reading Room

The NTSB's public reference room is available for record inspection and photocopying. It is located on the 6th floor at the Board's Washington, DC, headquarters and is open on weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Requests for access to public records should be made in person at the guard desk. Phone, 202-314-6551 or 800-877-6799.

Regional Offices / Response Operations Center

Contact information for NTSB regional offices is available online. To report an accident in any transportation mode, contact the Response Operations Center. Phone, 844-373-9922.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The NTSB has a Facebook account.

The NTSB tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The NTSB posts videos on its YouTube channel.

Training Center

NTSB investigators and others from the transportation community improve their practice of accident investigation techniques at the training center. Its curriculum promotes independent, objective, and technically advanced accident investigations to raise levels of safety in all modes of transportation. Forums and symposia are open to the public; however, certain courses are limited to those who may be involved in an NTSB accident investigation or who are members of the emergency response community. Governmental and public organizations may reserve the training and conference center for events. Phone, 571-223-3900. | Email:

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