Thursday, November 19, 2015

The NTSB’s Role in Aviation Safety and Security

A security professional, Nicholas Tagarelli brings more than three decades of law enforcement experience to his role as security director of Navillus Health. Nicholas Tagarelli possesses expertise in aviation security and has worked alongside the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to examine aircraft fires and crashes.

Investigating approximately 2,000 aviation incidents each year, the NTSB is a separate entity from the Department of Transportation. It deploys a team of specialists regularly to assess flight operations, plane systems, air traffic control procedures, and human performance, among other factors contributing to flight safety.

The board also works with other agencies to investigate more severe cases with suspected criminal activity. For example, events such as the September 11th attacks and Pacific Southwest Airlines crash in San Luis Obispo, California, require outside support, as the NTSB does not handle criminal cases. Instead, the organization offers technical support and surrenders its lead status on transportation accidents allegedly caused by intentional criminal acts at the request to the Attorney General, who must consult the chairman of the safety board.

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