N a t i o n al Tr an s p o r t a t i o n Sa f e t y Bo a rd THE CHAIRMAN’S CORNER F r id a y , O c to b e r 3 1, 20 03 MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN I want to thank all of the members accident this year, illustrates the need of the Staten Island ferry investigation for NTSB staffing to be supported in team, including Investigator-in- all modal departments. Charge Bob Ford, Bill Woody, We will aggressively pursue our Brian Curtis, Rob Jones, Morgan safety mission in all of the modes See page 2 Turrell, Barry Strauch, Luke during my tenure as Chairman. The Schiada, Brian Fiffick, Doug bar must be raised so that all safety for Brazy, Bob Barlett, Ted areas—rail, pipelines, marine, aviation NTSB Lopatkiewicz, Keith Holloway, and highways—receive our constant Outreach Paul Schlamm, and Chris Julius. attention and resources, our expertise The accident aboard the Andrew and our commitment to safety. Activities Barberi, which now has 10 fatalities and more than 70 injuries, illustrates the importance of the Board’s Ellen G. Engleman mission. This, the third major marine NTSB INVESTIGATES THE ANDREW J. BARBERI FERRY ACCIDENT crewmembers, passengers route to observe ferry operations. (including interviews of injured The team completed preliminary passengers in local hospitals), surveys of damages to the vessel and NYPD police and FDNY first to the dock. responders, and company Chairman Engleman served as the officials. In addition, the team has spokesman and Ted Lopatkiewicz, tested the steering and propulsion Keith Holloway and Paul Schlamm systems and examined the were on hand from media affairs. navigation equipment on board the Andrew J. Barberi. During On October 15th the NTSB these tests, the team also launched an investigation team, led witnessed the operation of the by Investigator-in-Charge Bob Ford, transfer system passing control to the accident scene of the Staten from engine room to wheelhouse, Island passenger ferry Andrew J. and from wheelhouse to Barberi that struck a pier at the St. wheelhouse. The tests verified George Terminal. There were 10 that the equipment and systems passengers killed and over 70 performed as designed. Further, injuries. the team has examined the Ferry Samuel I Newhouse (sistership to the David Clark, Paul Schlamm, Captain Craig Bone, To date, the team has conducted Ted Lopatkiewicz, and Bob Ford join Chairman 57 witness interviews of Barberi), and completed three Engleman at a press briefing at St. George’s round trip transits over the ferry Terminal on Staten Island. T h e C h ai r man ’s C o rne r Page 2 NTSB ALL HANDS MESSAGES Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Open Season—The TSP Open Season On the Hill… began October 15th and ends Chairman Engleman met with December 31, 2003. During this Congressman Vito Fossella, Senator open season period, employees Charles Schumer, Senator Hillary covered by the Civil Service Clinton and Senator Patty Murray to Retirement System (CSRS) or the discuss the NTSB investigation of Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) may the Staten Island Ferry accident. elect to begin contributing to TSP; change the amount that they are contributing to TSP; or stop their TSP Member John Goglia Receives Award contributions (without losing the right to begin contributing again at the next TSP open season). The Member John Goglia received the TSP forms are available on-line at www.tsp.gov, 2003 SAE Aerospace Chair Award. through the Human Resources Division (HR), or your This award is sponsored by the Regional/Field Administrative Staff Assistant. You SAE Aerospace Program office and may submit your election through the Employee is given to recognize outstanding Express System at www.employeeexpress.gov or by leadership demonstrated by chairs submitting your completed election form (TSP-1, of committees under the Aerospace Council and Air dated 08/2002) to HR.. & Space Group. Live Intranet Videocast of TWA 800 NTSB OUTREACH ACTIVITIES Reassembly Oregon Lifesavers Conference – Member Carol A live video cast of the reassembly of the Carmody addressed the Oregon Lifesavers wreckage of TWA Flight 800 is now available on the Conference and met with State officials in various NTSB intranet at http://inside/services/techserv/ modes of transportation to discuss the Board’s videocast.htm. On Tuesday, October 21, the first recommendations and their needs. pieces of wreckage arrived at the NTSB Academy. The entire reassembly is expected to be completed in Wisconsin PFD Bill – The Wisconsin Assembly early December 2003. Special thanks to Chris Natural Resources Committee voted to recommend Stephens, Jim Cash, Ray Smith, Antion Downs, adoption of a PFD bill (AB 297). The bill is now Will Skolochenko and Candi Murphy for handling before the Assembly Rules Committee. This bill the technical aspects of the videocast. The videocast would require children age 12 and under to wear a will be compressed and used as a training tool. PFD, consistent with the Board’s recommendation. Chairman Engleman and Member Goglia Meet With Safety Partners Chairman Ellen Engleman, Member John Goglia, and David Clark visited the New York Port Authority at JFK Airport to observe their Air Train system and the AMASS System on their short runway. While there, they toured the Air Train Communications Center, toured one of the new Air Train cars, and were given a presentation on the design and safety features of the AMASS. Since the AMASS implementation in April 2002, two flights were saved from potential catastrophic disaster.