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 Media Advisory: NTSB Releases Investigative Hearing Agenda

​WASHINGTON (Aug. 15, 2017) — The National Transportation Safety Board published Tuesday the agenda for its investigative hearing slated for Thursday in Anchorage, Alaska.

The investigative hearing, which is open to the public, is part of the NTSB’s ongoing investigation of the Oct. 2, 2016, fatal crash of Hageland Aviation flight 3153 near Togiak, Alaska.  The hearing is being held in Anchorage because the issues surrounding the crash of flight 3153 relate to 35 other controlled flight into terrain crashes in Alaska in the past eight years that claimed 40 lives. The NTSB believes it important to understand what more can be done to reduce the number of controlled flight into terrain accidents in Alaska.

The hearing agenda includes three panels; Controlled Flight Into Terrain Avoidance, Hageland Operational Control, and Safety Management and Oversight in Alaska Flight Operations. Testimony will be taken from a total of 16 witnesses during the panels.

The agenda for the investigative hearing includes:

  • Opening statement from the hearing chairman, National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener
  • Panel one, Controlled Flight Into Terrain Avoidance
  • Panel two, Hageland Operational Control
  • Panel three, Safety Management and Oversight in Alaska Flight Operations
  • Closing remarks from the hearing chairman

Witnesses from Hageland Aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell are expected to provide testimony on the following topics during the first panel:

  • Cessna 208 onboard technology
  • Corporate knowledge of Cessna 208 operations
  • FAA oversight of Hageland's Controlled Flight Into Terrain avoidance program
  • Regional weather information sources

Witnesses from the FAA and Hageland Aviation are expected to provide testimony on the following topics during the second panel:

  • Operational control guidance and training
  • Role of Departure Control Agents in opereational control
  • Corporate knowledge of operational control
  • FAA oversight of Hageland operational control

Witnesses from the FAA and Hageland Aviation and the Medallion Foundation are expected to provide testimony on the following topics during the third panel:

  • Medallion Foundation Shield Program
  • Medallion Foundation oversight of participating carriers
  • Hageland safety programs and initiatives
  • FAA oversight of Medallion Foundation Shield Program
  • FAA initiatives to reduce Controlled Flight Into Terrain accidents

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. (Alaska Daylight Time), Aug. 17, in the Mid-Deck Ballroom of the Captain Cook Hotel, 939 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska.  Those planning to attend the hearing in person are asked to allow extra time to process through the Federal Protective Services’ security screening. This security measure is used for all NTSB hearing or board meeetings, regardless of location.

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.oneil@ntsb.gov and are asked to be in place and set up not later than 7:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The investigative hearing, which is open to the public, will be webcast and can be accessed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Rmfw7ZW73v4.

The public docket for the investigative hearing is slated to be opened at 7:45 a.m. (ADT) Thursday and once opened can be accessed from the NTSB's website.

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Contact: NTSB Media Relations
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
Christopher O'Neil
(202) 314-6133
christopher.oneil@ntsb.gov

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