NTSB Public Hearing on Flight 3407...


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NTSB Public Hearing on Flight 3407 Begins Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) public hearing, being held as part of the investigation into the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident, will begin next Tuesday, May 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C. ALPA Executive Air Safety Chairman Capt. Rory Kay has been asked to provide testimony during the hearing, which is expected to last three days.

ALPA has specifically been asked to comment on Association positions, industry efforts, and Association programs in fatigue education, training, commuting, and professional standards. Several of ALPA’s formal standing committees are providing input and support to the testimony development. As part of our preparation, members of the CJC ALPA investigative team—which includes Colgan pilots, other ALPA pilots, and staff—as well as the Accident Investigation Board and members of the MEC attended a pre-hearing conference at the NTSB where they received a briefing on the protocols and ground rules for the hearing.

During the public hearing, the four-member NTSB will hear testimony from 19 witnesses on a variety of topics including icing, operations, crew training, and safety programs. Witnesses will then be questioned under oath by a technical panel of NTSB investigative group chairmen and a Transportation Safety Board Canada-accredited representative, as well as the NTSB members. ALPA, as a party to the investigation, will have the opportunity to question witnesses, as will all the other parties (i.e., the FAA, Colgan Air, and Bombardier).

In addition to the ALPA safety team officially representing the Colgan pilots and the Association during the hearing, ALPA staff from the Engineering & Air Safety and Communications Departments will attend the hearing. Your MEC officers will also attend the hearing on behalf of Colgan pilots.

The MEC officers, in conjunction with representatives from ALPA National, will act as spokesmen for our pilot group in interviews with reporters regarding the hearing. AS A REMINDER: IF YOU ARE CONTACTED OR APPROACHED BY ANYONE REGARDING THE HEARING, PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT. Instead, direct them to media@alpa.org, or have them contact Linda Shotwell of ALPA’s media relations team at 703/481-4440.

We will keep you informed with daily updates from the hearing. The CJC MEC FastRead will include these updates, so look for them in your e-mailbox.

The NTSB investigation process will continue after the public hearing with further fact-gathering, followed by analysis. ALPA will continue to be fully involved, performing its own analysis and submitting its report with recommendations to the NTSB. The final report on the accident will likely not be released for at least a year.
Here's the notice that the NTSB posted:


National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594

May 8, 2009



The National Transportation Safety Board today released
additional information about the Board's scheduled public
hearing on the crash of the Colgan Air Dash-8 near Buffalo,
New York.

The three-day hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. on May 12,
2009 at the NTSB's Board Room and Conference Center, 429
L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. The room is lighted
for television and a mult box is provided for sound.

On February 12, 2009, about 10:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
(EST), a Colgan Air Inc., Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, N200WQ,
d.b.a. Continental Connection flight 3407, crashed during an
instrument approach to runway 23 at the Buffalo-Niagara
International Airport (BUF), Buffalo, New York. All 49 persons on
board were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by
impact forces and post crash fire. There was one ground

The Safety Board will also open the public docket at the
start of the hearing. The public may view and download the
docket contents on the web under the "FOIA Reading Room" at
http://www.ntsb.gov/Info/foia_fri-dockets.htm at that time.

The information being released is factual in nature and does
not provide analysis or the probable cause of the accident.
The docket will include investigative group factual reports,
interview transcripts, Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)
transcripts, Flight Data Recorder (FDR) data and other
documents from the investigation. In addition, docket items
that will be used as exhibits during the public hearing will
be available on the website under "Public Hearings"

The hearing, which is part of the Safety Board's efforts to
develop all appropriate facts for the investigation, will
cover a wide range of safety issues including:

* Icing effect on the airplane's performance
* Cold weather operations
* Sterile cockpit rules,
* Crew experience, fatigue management
* Stall recovery training

An agenda is posted on the Board's website,
http://www.ntsb.gov/events/2009/Buffalo-NY/Default.html. A
live webcast of the proceedings will be available on the
Board's website at www.ntsb.gov . Technical support details
are available under "Board Meetings."