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December 11th, 2013
06:58 PM ET

New details of Asiana flight's final seconds

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have released new video and surveillance recordings that prove the plane's tail hit a sea-wall and raise questions about pilot automation. CNN's René Marsh reports.


Filed under: Asiana Airlines Flight 214 • NTSB • Rene Marsh
August 16th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

NTSB: UPS cargo plane investigation begins

CNN's René Marsh reports that evidence recovered from the UPS plane crash has been taken to Washington for examination.


Filed under: Air travel • NTSB • Rene Marsh
July 26th, 2013
11:49 AM ET

NTSB: Southwest jet landed nose first

The NTSB says the nose gear hit the ground first when a Southwest jet crash-landed at LaGuardia Airport.

RELATED STORY: Southwest jet hit runway nose first, investigators say


Filed under: NTSB • Rene Marsh • Southwest Airlines
July 12th, 2013
10:58 AM ET

NTSB chief's surprising background

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman is the face of the investigation into the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

She’s a wife, a mother of three and a triathlete. Hersman has also competed in races like the Warrior Dash, a five-kilometer “mud run” complete with an obstacle course designed to test your strength and stamina.

Friends who watch her crisscross the country leading NTSB investigations call her an expert multi-tasker.

“My guess is, when she gets that call, she’s already prepared two to three days of meals,” says former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, who hired Hersman as an intern when she attended Virginia Tech. Hersman than served as a congressional aide to Wise from 1992-1999.

Hersman doesn’t have a pilot’s license, but is the daughter of a former Air Force pilot and she does have prior experience with transportation issues.

After working for Wise, she served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation before joining the NTSB in 2004. Five years later, President Obama appointed her chairman.

She’s been on the scene of more than 20 major transportation accidents including the last commercial plane crash in the U.S, the 2009 Colgan Air crash near Buffalo, New York.

But she hasn’t avoided criticism. The Airline Pilots Association sounded the alarm saying the NTSB was releasing too much information too soon about the Asiana 214 crash. A firm believer in transparency, Hersman continues to provide information to the public.

RELATED STORY: NTSB: 2 Asiana pilots call for landing to be aborted

June 20th, 2013
12:14 PM ET

Ex-official: Nothing supports TWA theory

Former NTSB official Peter Goelz responds to new claims made by a documentary about the cause of TWA Flight 800's crash.

RELATED STORY: Filmmaker asserts new evidence on crash of TWA Flight 800


Filed under: Air travel • Jake Tapper • NTSB
December 13th, 2011
10:14 PM ET

NTSB: No cell phones, even with headsets

CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on the new NTSB recommendation for a nationwide ban on all cell phone use while driving.

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NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving

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Filed under: Cell phones • NTSB • Safety • Tech • Transportation