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Closing Statement - Board Meeting: Aircraft Accident Report - Departure from Controlled Flight, Trans-PacificAir Charter LLC, Learjet 35A, N452DA, Teterboro, New Jersey, May 15, 2017
Robert L. Sumwalt
NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center
3/12/2019

In closing, I would like to thank the staff for your hard work. I also want to thank my colleagues for their preparation going into the board meeting, and for the good debate and discussion.

My special thanks to Jim Silliman, who served as investigator-in-charge. But nothing gets done around here by one person; everything happens through team effort. On behalf of the Board, a sincere “thank you” not only to the investigative staff but to the support and program staff as well.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the first responders and other public servants from Bergen County, New Jersey, from the Boroughs of Carlstadt and East Rutherford, New Jersey, and from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for their truly exemplary support and cooperation on-scene.

Each time you take a Part 121 flight, you benefit from safety programs that can and should be extended to Part 135 operations. The recommendations just issued, if acted upon, will help close the gap. The recommendations reiterated today are just as important. The NTSB continues to support a single, high level of safety in aviation.

We stand adjourned.