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FAA and NTSB Differences Could Lead To Delays In Aviation Accident Investigations

August 30, 2013

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August 30, 2013

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are having differences of opinion regarding the release of information surrounding aviation accidents. The Aviation Accident Attorneys with the law firm of Nurenberg Paris, Heller & McCarthy say the problem could slow down an investigation of a Southwest Airlines crash at the LaGuardia Airport that occurred earlier this year.

An article by the Wall Street Journal explains the NTSB investigates aviation accident causes, while the FAA is responsible for enforcement of aircraft operation regulations. The inherent natures of the two organizations can lead to disputes. The NTSB is focused on ensuring their investigations cover all possible scenarios, while the FAA is facing heavy public scrutiny for not bringing responsible parties to justice fast enough.

These differences have been exacerbated in recent years by the growing use of social media. Citizens are demanding more information faster, and the agencies are using social media to keep up. The only problem is releasing information too fast can lead to the spread of false data. This could cause the agencies to not release any information until investigations are fully completed.

The law firm’s team of Commercial Airline Accident Lawyers claims these delays could impede an aviation accident victim from taking legal action in a timely manner. That's why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney as soon as possible if you have been hurt in a crash involving an aircraft.

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