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New NTSB Requirements for Reporting Accidents, Incidents

January 12, 2010The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)’s final rule document published in the Federal Register modifies when a pilot must report an accident or incident to the NTSB in accordance with 49 CFR Part 830. This change, effective March 8, 2010, specifies the sort of accidents and incidents that must be reported immediately so it’s important that you become familiar with these requirements before flying on that date.

Added to the list of incidents to be reported immediately:
A complete loss of information, excluding flickering, from more than 50 percent of an aircraft's

  • Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) displays;
  • Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) displays;
  • Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) displays; or
  • Other displays of this type, which generally include a primary flight display (PFD), primary navigation display (PND), and other integrated displays;
  • Airborne Collision and Avoidance System (ACAS)

Failure of any internal turbine engine component that results in the escape of debris other than out the exhaust path must also be reported to the NTSB immediately.

In addition, release of all or a portion of a propeller blade from an aircraft, excluding release caused solely by ground contact; and Damage to helicopter tail or main rotor blades (including ground damage) that requires major repair or replacement of the blade(s) must be reported immediately.

All aircraft accident/incident reporting to the NTSB should be completed using NTSB Form 6120.1 – Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report. To locate your closest NTSB office for filing the accident/incident report, visit the NTSB website.

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