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NTSB: Expanded Release of Accident Investigations to Begin Next Week

In accordance with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Plan, National Transportation Safety Board Accident Investigation Public documents will be available on Website.

Washington, DC (May 28th 2009): The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will begin to release all accident investigation public dockets to the NTSB public website, http://www.ntsb.gov/, beginning June 1, 2009, in accordance with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Plan.

This effort serves to further bring the Safety Board into compliance with a number of legislative and executive mandates aimed at improving the U.S. government's use of electronic media to foster a more open and transparent government.

"I am proud that the NTSB is taking this enormous step forward by making all accident investigation documents contained in our public dockets available to NTSB website visitors," said Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "The Safety Board's reputation for comprehensive and thorough investigations can only be further enhanced by providing such easy access to the materials related to the accidents we investigate."

In order to access the NTSB's public dockets, interested website visitors may visit the FOIA Electronic Reading Room on the NTSB website and select the list of dockets that are organized by transportation mode. The link to the list of public dockets may be found here: http://www.ntsb.gov/Info/foia_fri-dockets.htm

More information about NTSB accident investigation dockets may be obtained by calling the NTSB Records Management Division at 202-314-6551 or 1-800-877-6799 or by sending an email to pubinq@ntsb.gov. (SB-09-25)

NTSB Media Contact: Bridget Serchak
202-314-6100 / E-Mail: Bridget.serchak@ntsb.gov