"NTSB investigations depend heavily upon
technical input from the accident parties," said
Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. "If one
party disseminates information about the
accident, it may reflect that party's bias. This
puts the other parties at a disadvantage and
makes them less willing to engage in the
process, which can undercut the entire
Without first consulting with the NTSB, the IPA
issued a press release on August 13 providing
its own analysis of the accident, "UPS Pilots
Call for End of Part 117 Carve-Out on
Anniversary of Fatigue Crash," which is
explicitly prohibited in the party agreement.
UPS, also without first consulting with the
NTSB, posted comments on a website responding to
the IPA press release in which it also provided
its own analysis.
doesn't matter who started it," said Hart.
"Neither action is acceptable."
For more than 40 years, the NTSB has had the
sole responsibility for disseminating aviation
accident investigation-related information from
the time of the accident's occurrence all the
way through to the end of its investigation.
This practice was put in place in order to
prevent any party member from unfairly
influencing the public perception of the