WASHINGTON (Aug. 11, 2017) — The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to hold an investigative hearing, that is open to the public, Thursday, beginning at 8 a.m. (Alaska Daylight Time), in the Mid-Deck Ballroom of the Captain Cook Hotel, 939 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska.
Both the public and the media are asked to allow extra time to pass through the Federal Protective Services’ security screening. This security measure is used for all NTSB hearings or board meetings, regardless of location.
Media are asked to be in place and set up not later than 7:45 a.m. (Alaska Daylight Time) on the day of the event.
Media planning to cover the investigative hearing are asked to contact the NTSB’s chief of media relations, Chris O’Neil, at 202-314-6133 or Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those unable to attend the hearing in person, the hearing will be webcast and can be accessed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Rmfw7ZW73v4.
The NTSB plans to hold a media availability Tuesday, beginning at 12:05 p.m., in the Endeavor Room of the Captain Cook Hotel, located downstairs from the Mid-Deck Ballroom. Hearing Chairman Earl F. Weener, and Alaska Regional Office Chief Clint Johnson, will provide brief remarks and take questions regarding the investigative hearing process.
The agenda and list of the parties to the investigative hearing that will provide witnesses to testify, will be released by the NTSB following completion of the pre-hearing conference Tuesday.
Federal regulations require the NTSB Investigative Hearing Chairman to meet with the hearing parties in advance to discuss process and determine which proposed exhibits will be admitted. This is also an opportunity for parties to point out any sensitive information, such as personally identifiable information, that, if not directly relevant to the hearing, may need to be redacted before exhibits are made public.The pre hearing conference is not open to the public for these reasons. By contrast, the hearing itself, and all published exhibits, are available to the public.