August 7, 2014
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it will offer two days of training in October to help communications professionals working with airports, airlines, and corporations to better manage emergency communications in the wake of a major aviation accident.
The announcement comes months after the NTSB recommended improvements in emergency communications at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The NTSB cited numerous communication and emergency response breakdowns at the airport in the wake of the Asiana Flight 214 crash on July 6, 2013. The most critical p roblem cited by the NTSB was the inability of off-airport units to communicate with aid units from on-airport using a common radio frequency. Although the lack of radio communications has been corrected, other issues persist, including the breakdown of communications between the airport and city dispatch centers.
These issues and a host of others are likely to be covered at the NTSB's Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on October 23 and 24. NTSB officials, as well as members of the national media, will be on hand to discuss how emergency information is disseminated and how the news media covers aviation accidents. Aviation experts will provide case studies, highlighting the best practices and lessons that have been learned from other aviation accidents.
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