NTSB Amends Accident/Incident Reporting Regulations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published a final rule amending its notification and reporting requirements regarding aircraft accidents or incidents.

The final rule affects virtually all civil and public aircraft. The new regulations require operators to report certain incidents and also amend existing regulations to provide clarity and ensure that the appropriate means for notifying the NTSB of a reportable incident is listed correctly.

Specific incidents to be reported now include turbine component failure resulting in debris thrown anywhere other than out the exhaust path; release of all or a portion of a propeller blade from an aircraft, excluding release caused only by ground contact; electronic flight instrument system and primary flight display or primary navigation display failures; and aircraft collision in flight.

The NTSB's announcement appeared in the Federal Register on January 7, 2010. The notice is effective March 8, 2010.

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