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« on: July 31, 2011, 12:39:20 PM » Reply with quote

SMAAC has researched a few web sites that include international as well as US incidents, events, and crashes.
One to visit is:


In the US, the FAA maintains a site with FAA and NTSB investigation reports.  The FAA data pages are cross-linked, and a good place to start is the Preliminary reports, since not all incidents have probable cause investigations:

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2013, 01:35:07 PM » Reply with quote

SMAAC received several messages asking about the FAA site.

Our answers are:
1. The site is incomplete. The Federal agencies involved are the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the USDOT Inspector-General.  But no, not ALL accidents or incidents are reported.  There is a gray area in the airline self-reporting requirements.  Airports log emergency calls, yes, but these are hard to correlate with incidents.

2. Are there requirements for airlines to report injuries to passengers from incidents?  No.  The determination that an incident is serious enough to be investigated is based on several factors.  "Serious injuries" to passengers or aircrew is one criteria that can lead to an investigation, but is a catch-22 kind of thing.  Incidents are seldom investigated before the passengers have left the scene, and not even all of the people who needed or asked for medical attention are necessarily interviewed.

3.  No, there are not necessarily final or "probable cause" reports following Preliminary reports.

4. Yes, data privacy laws apply.  In the case of an NTSB probable cause investigation, the people injured or involved in the accident more than peripherally are imterviewed and may be named in the report, and others may be named in details or appendices that are part of the record of the investigation but not necessarily posted at the FAA site for access by the public.
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