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Finding Aircraft Accident Reports

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by U.S. Congress. One of its major missions is to investigate civil aviation accidents in the United States and to provide safety recommendations. Since its establishment in 1967, NTSB has investigated more than 110,000 aviation accidents. The Aircraft Accident Report series is the agency's key publication. As a Federal Depository Library, Kent State's Government Documents Unit holds a large number of titles in the Aircraft Accident Report series; they are in both print and microfiche versions. The most currentinformation on aircraft accidents as well as archive data are also available on a few web sites.

Print Reports: 1969-1981

Microfiche titles: 1984-1994

These reports can be located by searching the following access points:

  1. SuDoc number "TD 1.112:"
  2. Subject headings. A couple of subject headings are used for the Aircraft Accident Report titles
    a. Aircraft accidents-- geographical location (country, state, city, etc.)
    Example: "Aircraft accidents--Georgia—Atlanta"
    b. Aeronautics-- geographical location -- Accidents -- year
    Example: "Aeronautics—Wyoming -- Cheyenne -- Accidents --1979
    c. Plane name -- Accident
    Example: "Boeing 727 -- Accident"
  3. Keyword(s)
    You can use any word relevant to the accident (words in title, airline name, aircraft name, aircraft accident, aeronautics, etc.) to search for the report.

Reports On the Web

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The Publications provide detailed information on the most recent aviation accidents (1996-) and brief
information on old accidents. The full text annual reviews of U.S. aircraft accident data from 1994 and later is available online as well.

This database contains information from 1962 and later about civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. It is searchable by date, location, aircraft, and event details, as well as by monthly list and investigations nearing completion.