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MAJOR INVESTIGATIONS

When the Board is notified of a major accident, it launches a "Go Team," which varies in size depending on the severity of the accident and the complexity of the issues involved. The team may consist of experts in as many as 14 different specialties, coordinated by the investigator-in-charge. Each expert manages a group of other specialists from government agencies and industry in collecting the facts and determining the conditions and circumstances surrounding the accident. The investigative groups formed vary , depending on the nature of the accident, and may look into areas such as structures, systems, powerplants , human performance, fire and explosion, meteorology, radar data, event recorders, and witness statements , among others. After an investigation is completed, a detailed narrative report is prepared that analyzes the investigative record and identifies the probable cause of the accident. See a description of the investigative process for further details.

The NTSB conducted the following 33 major investigations involving fatalities within the last 10 years. Generally, a preliminary report is available online within a few days of an accident. Factual information is added when available, and when the investigation is completed , the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its probable cause. Other information, including press releases , safety recommendations, and the final published report, is also accessible via the "related items" link, when available.

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Location

Make / Model

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Event
Severity

Type of Air Carrier Operation and Carrier Name (Doing Business As)

Preliminary

Preliminary

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2/12/2009

Clarence Center, NY

BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402

N200WQ

Fatal(50)

SCHD Part 121: Air Carrier COLGAN AIR INC

Preliminary

Preliminary

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9/19/2008

Columbia, SC

Learjet LR60

N999LJ

Fatal(4)

NSCH Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter

Preliminary

Preliminary

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7/31/2008

Owatonna, MN

Raytheon Corporate Jets BAE 125-800A

N818MV

Fatal(8)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/11/2006

Manhattan, NYC, NY

Cirrus Design Corp. SR-20

N929CD

Fatal(2)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

8/27/2006

Lexington, KY

Bombardier, Inc. CRJ-100

N431CA

Fatal(49)

SCHD COMAIR INC

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

12/19/2005

Miami, FL

Grumman G-73T

N2969

Fatal(20)

SCHD FLYING BOAT INC (D.B.A. Chalks Ocean Airways)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

12/8/2005

Chicago, IL

Boeing 737-700

N471WN

Fatal(1)

SCHD SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

6/7/2005

Washington, DC

Embraer 170

N803MD

Fatal(1)

SCHD (D.B.A. US Airways Express)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

2/16/2005

Pueblo, CO

Cessna 560

N500AT

Fatal(8)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

11/22/2004

Houston, TX

Gulfstream Aerospace G-III

N85VT

Fatal(3)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/19/2004

Kirksville, MO

British Aerospace Jetstream 32

N875JX

Fatal(13)

SCHD Part 121: Air Carrier CORPORATE AIRLINES

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/14/2004

Jefferson City, MO

Canadair CL-600

N8396A

Fatal(2)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

8/13/2004

Florence, KY

Convair Div. of Gen. Dynamics CV-340 (580)

N586P

Fatal(1)

NSCH AIR TAHOMA INC

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

3/23/2004

Sikorsky S76A++

N579EH

Fatal(10)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

1/8/2003

Charlotte, NC

Beech 1900D

N233YV

Fatal(21)

SCHD AIR MIDWEST INC (D.B.A. US Airways Express)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/25/2002

Eveleth, MN

Beech King Air 100

N41BE

Fatal(8)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

11/12/2001

Belle Harbor, NY

Airbus Industrie A300B4-605R

N14053

Fatal(265)

SCHD AMERICAN AIRLINES INC

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/10/2001

Dillingham, AK

Cessna 208

N9530F

Fatal(10)

SCHD

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

9/11/2001

Arlington, VA

Boeing 757-200

N644AA

Fatal(64)

SCHD American Airlines

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

9/11/2001

New York City, NY

Boeing 767-200ER

N612UA

Fatal(65)

SCHD United Airlines

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

9/11/2001

New York City, NY

Boeing 767-200ER

N334AA

Fatal(92)

SCHD American Airlines

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

9/11/2001

Shanksville, PA

Boeing 757

N591UA

Fatal(44)

SCHD United Airlines

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

8/5/2001

Washington, DC

de Havilland Dash 8-100

N935HA

Fatal(1)

SCHD Name

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

3/29/2001

Aspen, CO

Grumman Gulfstream III

N303GA

Fatal(18)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

1/27/2001

Strasburg, CO

Beech 200

N81PF

Fatal(10)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

8/9/2000

BURLINGTON TWP., NJ

Piper PA-31 NAVAJO

N27944

Fatal(11)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

8/9/2000

BURLINGTON TWP., NJ

Piper PA-44 SEMINOLE

N2225G

Fatal(11)

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

5/21/2000

Bear Creek Town, PA

British Aerospace J-3101

N16EJ

Fatal(19)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

2/16/2000

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA

Douglas DC-8-71F

N8079U

Fatal(3)

NSCH EMERY WORLDWIDE AIRLINES INC

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

1/31/2000

Port Hueneme, CA

Douglas MD-83

N963AS

Fatal(88)

SCHD ALASKA AIRLINES INC

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/31/1999

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Boeing 767-366-ER

SUGAP

Fatal(217)

SCHD EGYPTAIR

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

10/25/1999

ABERDEEN, SD

Learjet 35

N47BA

Fatal(6)

NSCH

Probable Cause

Factual ,
Probable Cause

Related Items

9/25/1999

VOLCANO, HI

Piper PA-31-350

N411WL

Fatal(10)

NSCH

 

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NOTES:
- On Jan. 8, 2001, dynamic access to the accident data repository was implemented. Static files are no longer available.
- On Oct. 2, 2001, minor cases which do not fall under the definition of "accident" or "incident" were removed from the database; these entries were previously identified with "SA" in the accident number.
- On Sept. 18, 2002, data from 1962-1982 were added to the aviation accident information. The format and type of data contained in the earlier briefs may differ from later reports.

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