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Thursday, November 8, 2012

NTSB Partners With ASIAS Board to Increase Aviation Safety

FAA, airlines and aviation labor unions announced a new partnership with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to increase sharing of summarized safety information that could help to avoid future aircraft accidents.

The new agreement outlines procedures for the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Executive Board to address NTSB requests for ASIAS information, FAA said. The ASIAS is a government-industry initiative formed in 2007 that receives voluntary data reported from approximately 95 percent of all commercial air carrier operations.

“I am grateful to the FAA, industry and labor for their leadership,’’ said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NTSB chairman. “Better information leads to better investigations.”

The announcement Thursday will align ASIAS information sharing more closely with NTSB to help promote guidelines that will reduce the risk of future accidents.

As part of the new agreement, NTSB will share with ASIAS its archived air carrier accident and incident flight data recorder information upon request.

“The nation’s impressive safety record is in part due to an unwavering commitment by government and industry to work together to monitor data and identify trends to prevent accidents,” said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta.  

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