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 NTSB Resumes Normal Operations - Updated

​Editors' Note:  This release updates to 97, the total number of investigations the NTSB was unable to initiate due to the partial government shutdown.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2019) — Employees of the National Transportation Safety Board returned to work Monday, resuming normal operations and developing plans to address the work that could not be accomplished during the partial shutdown of government.

Of the 397 agency staff, 367 employees were furloughed, 26 employees were excepted, and six investigators were recalled and worked without pay to support investigations of three international aviation accidents.

As of Jan. 25, 2019, impacts of the partial shutdown for the NTSB include:

  • Ninety-seven accidents that the NTSB was unable to investigate due to employees being furloughed to include the following that now require investigative action:
    • 15 aviation accidents resulting in 21 fatalities
    • Two marine accidents
    • Two railroad accidents resulting in two fatalities
    • Two highway accidents resulting in 7 fatalities, 15 injuries

  • Six accidents in which the NTSB did not gather evidence to determine if an investigation was warranted, including
    • Two pipeline accidents (one diesel fuel, one natural gas)
    • Three highway accidents resulting in eight fatalities
    • One railroad accident resulting in one fatality
  • During the partial shutdown work stopped on:
    • 1,815 ongoing general aviation and limited aviation safety investigations
    • 33 ongoing rail, pipeline, and hazardous materials investigations
    • 44 ongoing marine investigations
    • 21 ongoing highway investigations
  • Within the Office of Research and Engineering, work stopped on:
    • 63 medical cases
    • 63 cases in the Materials Laboratory Division
    • 451 cases in the Vehicle Recorders Division
    • 54 cases in the Vehicle Performance Division
  • Postponement of the launch of the NTSB’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, which has been rescheduled to Feb. 4.
  • Postponement of a board meeting to determine the probable cause of the March 2017 runway excursion in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Cancellation of 22 external meetings or presentations
  • More than 180 media inquiries went unanswered

The accidents in which the NTSB did not launch investigators, but would have if not for the partial shutdown, may not result in investigators physically visiting the accident sites, and, it is possible that perishable evidence may have been lost, which potentially could prevent determination of probable cause.

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