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Mission Determining the probable cause(s) of transportation accidents Making recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence Conducting special studies.

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2 Mission Determining the probable cause(s) of transportation accidents Making recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence Conducting special studies and investigations Coordinating resources to assist victims and their families after an accident Determining the probable cause(s) of transportation accidents Making recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence Conducting special studies and investigations Coordinating resources to assist victims and their families after an accident

3 Independence Reports directly to Congress Has no regulatory authority Composed of five Board Members nominated for five-year terms by the President and confirmed by the Senate Reports directly to Congress Has no regulatory authority Composed of five Board Members nominated for five-year terms by the President and confirmed by the Senate

4 Regional Office Headquarters Regional Office Headquarters The NTSB Staff is Located in a Headquarters Office in Washington, DC and 10 Regional Offices Denver, Colorado Arlington, Texas Gardena, California Seattle, Washington West Chicago, Illinois Atlanta, Georgia Parsippany, New Jersey Washington, DC Anchorage, Alaska Miami, Florida Note: There are no Marine Personnel in Regional Offices

5 The NTSB is Responsible for Investigating: All U.S. aviation accidents (except those of military and intelligence agencies).

6 Highway accidents (including certain grade-crossing accidents) which involve issues of wide-ranging safety significance.

7 Railroad accidents in which there is a fatality, substantial property damage, or which involve a passenger train.

8 Pipeline accidents in which there is a fatality, significant environmental or property damage.

9 Major marine accidents and accidents involving a public and a non-public vessel or accidents involving Coast Guard functions.

10 Transportation accidents involving the release of hazardous materials, including fatal accidents or those causing major disruptions to a community.

11 Provides family assistance following accidents Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance Provides family assistance following accidents Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance Other NTSB Responsibilities:

12 TDA: Legislative Background Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act of 1997 The NTSB coordinates and provides additional resources to the airline and local government to help victims and their families while preserving local responsibility and jurisdiction The NTSB coordinates and provides additional resources to the airline and local government to help victims and their families while preserving local responsibility and jurisdiction Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act of 1997 The NTSB coordinates and provides additional resources to the airline and local government to help victims and their families while preserving local responsibility and jurisdiction The NTSB coordinates and provides additional resources to the airline and local government to help victims and their families while preserving local responsibility and jurisdiction

13 NTSB-TDA Based at NTSB Headquarters On call 24 hours a day Go-Team Based at NTSB Headquarters On call 24 hours a day Go-Team Director Manager-Disaster Services Manager-Emergency Operations Manager-Victim Recovery and Identification Director Manager-Disaster Services Manager-Emergency Operations Manager-Victim Recovery and Identification

14 Primary Concerns Initial notification Recovery and identification of remains Return of personal effects Information sharing Initial notification Recovery and identification of remains Return of personal effects Information sharing

15 Family Assistance Tasks Family Assistance Center JFSOC Family Briefings Victim Identification Site Visit Personal Effects Long-term information sharing –800 number, , website Family Assistance Center JFSOC Family Briefings Victim Identification Site Visit Personal Effects Long-term information sharing –800 number, , website

16 Victim Support Tasks VST 1: NTSB Tasks VST 2: Airline Tasks VST 3: Family Care and Mental Health VST 4: Victim Identification, Forensic and Medical Services VST 5: Assisting Families of Foreign Victims VST 6: Communications VST 7: Assisting Victims of Crime VST 1: NTSB Tasks VST 2: Airline Tasks VST 3: Family Care and Mental Health VST 4: Victim Identification, Forensic and Medical Services VST 5: Assisting Families of Foreign Victims VST 6: Communications VST 7: Assisting Victims of Crime

17 TDA: Summary Help victims and their families Coordinate and provide additional resources to airline and local government Interagency cooperation Preserve local responsibility and jurisdiction Personnel experienced in transportation disaster management Help victims and their families Coordinate and provide additional resources to airline and local government Interagency cooperation Preserve local responsibility and jurisdiction Personnel experienced in transportation disaster management

18 Selected NTSB-TDA Responses ( ) Aviation Rail Highway Marine Pipeline Point Mugu: Alaska Air 261 Shanksville: United 93 Wilkes-Barre: Executive Air Eveleth: Sen Wellstone charter Little Rock: American 1420 Kirksville: Corporate Air Montrose: Scenic Air Arlington: American 77 Charlotte: Air Midwest 5481 Tallahassee: Fed Ex 1478 Baltimore: Water taxi Rhode Island: Egyptair 990 New York: American 11 and United 175 Hot Sprrings: Duck sinking Tillamook: Taki Too Little River: Morning Dew Miami: Ecstasy fire Old Bridge: Bus accident New Orleans: Tour bush crash Webbers Falls: Bridge collapse Santa Monica: Car into crowd Bourbonnais: Amtrak crash Carlsbad: Explosion Hawaii: USS Greenville and Ehime Maru Belle Harbor: American 587 Dillingham: Charter Meadview: Helicopter Hillsboro: Gov. Carnahan Aspen: Gulfstream Strasburg: OSU Charter Maui: Helicopter Aberdeen: Payne Stewart Turrell: Bus crash Gulf of Mexico: Helicopter Texas: Shuttle Columbia Vineyard Haven: JFK Jr. Palm Beach: Kingair Volcano: Big Island Air New York: Staten Island ferry Marine City: Beech 65 Macdona: UP and BNSF Graniteville: NS Derailment/Hazmat Glendale: Metrolink accident Pueblo: Circuit City

19 Aviation Responses 2005 Feb 16, Pueblo,COCitation 560 crash; Circuit City jet 8 fatal Feb 2, Teterboro, NJBombardier runway overrun8 injured 2004 Oct 24, Martinsville, VANASCAR Beech King crash10 fatal Oct 19, Kirksville, MOCorporate Air fatal, 2 injured Oct 15, Jeff City, MOPinnacle Airlines crash 2 fatal Aug 13, Florence, KYDHL/Convair cargo crash 1 fatal Aug 3, Lakeway, TXPiper twin-engine crash 6 fatal July 2, Panama: Assistance for crash of Medevac flight7 fatal Mar 23, Gulf of MexicoSikorsky helicopter accident10 fatal Mar 21, Peyote, TXMedevac helicopter accident 4 fatal

20 Modal Responses Highway Accidents Apr 18, 2005, Arlington, VA School bus and trash truck collision2 fatal Oct 9, 2004, Turrell, AR Motorcoach overturned off I-5514 fatal,16 injured Jan 13, 2004, Elkridge, MD I-95 Tanker Truck Accident4 fatalities Railroad Accidents Jan 26, 2005, Glendale, CA Collision w/automobile and derailment13 fatal Jan 6, 2005, Graniteville, SC NS derailment/hazmat release9 fatal Jun 28, 2004, Macedona, TX UP and BNSF collision3 fatal Apr 6, 2004, Flora, MS Amtrak derailment on CNIC track1 fatal Marine Accidents Mar 6, 2004, Baltimore, MD Water taxi capsizing5 fatal

21 Interactive Site Map Air Midwest 5481 Charlotte, NC January 2003 Produced by FBI ERT

22 NTSB/DMORT Interagency Agreement

23 DMORT Responses Transportation United Express 5925 (1996) Comair 3272 (1997) Korean Air 801 (1997) Egyptair 990 (1999) Amtrak crash (1999) Alaska Air 261 (2000) Executive Air (2000) United 93 (2001) WTC (2001) American 587 (2001) Air Midwest 5481 (2002) Shuttle Columbia (2003) Corporate Airlines 5966 (2004) Other Events Hardin, cemetery flood (1993) Albany cemetery flood (1994) Hurricane Marilyn (1995) Oklahoma City bombing (1995) Texas Floods (1998) Tarboro cemetery flood (1999) Oklahoma Tornadoes (1999) World Trade Towers (2001) Noble crematorium (2002) RI Nightclub fire (2003)

24 NTSB/DMORT Interagency Agreement Signed Jan 2005 NTSB Chairman DHS Response Branch Chief Terms for DMORT support of NTSB responses

25 NTSB/DMORT Agreement Activate appropriate NDMS personnel, supplies, and equipment Assist in: –management of victim identification –related TDA and mortuary activities Requests for DMORT services made at any time, including after hours or during holidays

26 NTSB/DMORT SOPs Handling of remains Management of victim data Process of documenting remains Methods used in identification Medicolegal interpretations –cause and manner of death –when requested by NTSB

27 NTSB/DMORT SOPs FAC role in gathering antemortem data and next of kin contact information Procedures for reassociaton, embalming and release Produce final reports documenting each identification and medico-legal interpretation Procedures consistent with those accepted by the forensic community

28 NTSB/DMORT SOPs DMORT and NDMS will provide after-action report to NTSB Deviation from DMORT SOPs must be approved by NTSB TDA

29 NTSB/DMORT SOPs First Steps –June meeting of group to create SOPs –Use existing documents –FBI and AFDIL roles Review by team leaders and outside forensic group Publish on DMORT/NDMS website Include as annex in EMI MFI Train-the-Trainer Promote to medical examiners/coroners

30 NTSB Academy Transportation Disaster Response –Emergency Responders –Airports –Mass Fatality Incidents for Medicolegal Professionals –Family Assistance

31 Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance


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