National Transportation Safety Board

38.883623 - 77.02439Koordinaten: 38 ° 53 '1 " N, 77 ° 1' 28 " W

Honorable Christopher A. Hart, Vice Chairman

The National Transportation Safety Board ( NTSB usually only briefly, German: National Transportation Security Administration ) is a U.S. Department of Transportation. The independent authority is concerned with the investigation of accidents in the transport sector (railways, aviation, shipping, pipelines and highways ).


The organization was founded on 1 April 1967 and until 1975 it was placed under the Department of Transportation ( United States Department of Transportation), then it was transformed to the Independent Authority. By the year 2005, about 124,000 cases were investigated.

For aviation its remit corresponds to the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation in Germany. The seat of the Authority is located in Washington, DC This was in the year 2006 359 employees. The budget for the financial year 2006 was 76.7 million U.S. dollars.


The legal basis is replaced by the NTSB from the United States Code Title 49 of -Transportation. The Executive Board (board) of the Authority shall consist of five persons to be nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The Management Board is appointed for a term of five years. The President shall designate from among the members of the Board the Chairman ( chairman ) and his deputy ( vice chairman ). The chairman, whose term of office is two years, must be confirmed by the Senate separately.