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NTSB Training Center45065 Bles Park DriveAshburn, Virginia 20147571-223-3900

The NTSB Training Center is located on the Northern Virginia campus of The George Washington University, which is ten miles north of Washington Dulles International Airport.

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State-of-the-Art Training Facility

The Training Center's new 72,000-square-foot, two-level facility, includes:

  • Five classrooms equipped with advanced audio/video systems and Internet connectivity
  • Two conference rooms
  • Video conferencing facilities
  • Student lounge
  • Laboratory to house instructional wreckage, including the 93-foot reconstruction of the forward portion the TWA flight 800 aircraft's fuselage, the largest reconstruction in the history of civil aviation

Four photos of Training Center campus. 

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Instructional Wreckage Underwater recovery and wreckage reconstruction were some of the extraordinary skills needed to determine the cause of several recent accidents, including the flight of TWA 800. The reconstruction of the center fuselage of this Boeing 747 was the largest and most complex ever undertaken in the history of civil aviation. It is now being used as an important teaching and training tool at the Training Center.

Click here for more information on the TWA Flight 800 accident.

The largest aircraft reconstruction in the history of civil aviation.
Calverton, NY (1997)

The reconstruction of the 93-foot section of the forward fuselage of TWA flight 800 took place over the winter and spring of 1997 in a hangar in Calverton, New York. The reconstruction of the Boeing 747 fuselage includes the center wing fuel tank, the heaviest structural part of the plane. It weighs about 60,000 pounds (not including the steel framework on which the airplane pieces were assembled) and consists of almost 1,600 pieces, including more than 700 from the center wing fuel tank.

Reconstruction of TWA Flight 800 in progress.
NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA (2003)

In the fall of 2003, the disassembled reconstruction was transported to the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia where it was reassembled.

Reconstruction of TWA Flight 800 at the NTSB Training Center.
NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA (2004)

The reconstruction has been used to train hundreds of investigators from around the world in accident investigation principles and techniques.


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