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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board


    Washington, DC - - (November 14, 2018) - - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of sixteen members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021.

    Members appointed are:
    • Mr. Dalton Willis Borders, Edinburg, Texas
    • Mr. Cody Buckley, San Antonio, Texas
    • Ms. Jordan Carter, Cordele, Ga.
    • Mr. Richard Chastain, Alva, Fla.
    • Mr. John Gee, Temecula, Calif.
    • Mr. Jose F. Gomez Ph.D., El Paso, Texas
    • Mr. W. Rodney Jackson, Autryville, N.C.
    • Mr. Michael J. Marks, Capron, Va.
    • Mr. Rod Rosales, Kingsburg, Calif.
    • Mr. James Sharp, Sims, N.C.
    • Mr. Matt Solana, Louisburg, N.C.
    • Mr. Carlos Vickers, Nashville, Ga.
    • Mr. Darren K. Wiggins, Center, Texas
    Members re-appointed include:
    • Mr. Luke B. Brown, Center, Texas
    • Mr. Rob Greene, Arabi, Ga.
    • Mr. Jesse James Wiggins, Center, Texas
    “The 1,500 growers, shippers and importers of watermelon in the United States will be well served by these board members who will provide key direction to help the watermelon industry meet consumer demand,” Perdue said.

    The 41-member Board is composed of 14 producers, 14 handlers, 12 importers and one public member. One-third of the Board members are appointed each year.

    More information about the National Watermelon Promotion Board, including a roster of members, is available on AMS’ National Watermelon Promotion Board webpage and at the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.

    Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.




    Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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  • Lessons Learned from 41 Maritime Accidents Detailed in National Transportation Safety Board's Safer Seas Digest 2017

    Lessons Learned from 41 Maritime Accidents Detailed in National Transportation Safety Board's Safer Seas Digest 2017





    Washington, DC - - (November 8, 2018) - - Maritime accident investigation reports for collisions, explosions, capsizings and allisions and the lessons learned within those reports are detailed in the National Transportation Safety Board’s Safer Seas Digest 2017, released online Thursday.

    The publication is a compendium of 41 marine accident reports for accidents involving fishing, offshore supply, cargo, passenger, tanker, towing and government vessels. Reports in the digest were adopted or issued by the NTSB during calendar year 2017.

    The Safer Seas Digest is a publication designed with mariners in mind, providing them with links from the digest’s summaries to the full investigative reports and related documents on the NTSB’s website. The digest contains information that can help mariners at the deckplate level prevent future accidents, and, can help maritime industry C-suites build and sustain a culture of safety at sea.

    The lessons learned are highlighted in 11 categories including watertight integrity, heavy-weather operations, fatigue, bridge resource management, distraction, anchoring, preventive maintenance, safety management systems, monitoring rudder order response, vessel abandonment and VHF reception. The accident investigations associated with each lesson learned are listed for easy reference.

    “I hope that Safer Seas Digest 2017 provides the marine industry with essential and actionable information to address the safety issues confronting it,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “With every investigation we conduct, the lessons learned can prevent such losses in the future – when marine stakeholders at all levels of the industry apply these lessons.”




    (In this table, pulled from the NTSB's Safer Seas Digest 2017, vessels involved in the accidents detailed in the digest are listed by vessel group along with the name, vessel type and accident type)





    The 2017 completion of the investigation into the October 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro was a watershed moment for marine safety, and the Safer Seas Digest 2017 includes a section about El Faro featuring infographics and information pulled from the NTSB’s 16-page, illustrated digest, “Sinking of the US Cargo Vessel El Faro.”

    The Safer Seas Digest 2017 is publicly available online at http://go.usa.gov/xPv4t – a print version will be distributed to industry stakeholders. The online version of the Safer Seas Digest gives mariners access to the complete body of work of the NTSB’s Office of Marine Safety. This is the fifth year the NTSB has published the Safer Seas Digest.

    The NTSB’s Office of Marine Safety investigates major marine casualties upon the navigable waters of the U.S. and accidents involving U.S. flagged vessels worldwide.


















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    (In this table, pulled from the NTSB's Safer Seas Digest 2017, vessels involved in the accidents detailed in the digest are listed by vessel group along with the name, vessel type and accident type)


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  • Federal Reserve Board intends to begin publishing Semiannual Report presenting Board's Assessment of Financial Stability Conditions

    Federal Reserve Board intends to begin publishing Semiannual Report presenting Board's Assessment of Financial Stability Conditions


    Publishing to begin November 28


    (November 9, 2018) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on November 28 intends to begin publishing a semiannual report presenting the Board's view of the outlook for U.S. financial stability.

    The Financial Stability Report will include a summary of the Board's framework for assessing the resilience of the U.S. financial system and a discussion of key indicators related to the main financial stability vulnerabilities tracked by the Board: asset valuations, borrowing by businesses and households, leverage in the financial sector, and funding risks. The report is intended to help the public and market participants understand and evaluate the Board's assessment of financial stability conditions.

    "We learned from the financial crisis that a resilient financial system is critical for a healthy economy," said Governor Lael Brainard, Chair of the Board's Committee on Financial Stability. "The publication of the Financial Stability Report will be an important step in providing the public with more information about the Board's assessment of financial stability."

    The Board's report will be similar to those published by other central banks and will complement the annual report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and includes the Federal Reserve Board Chairman and other financial regulators.

    While the report will provide additional information on the Board's assessment of financial stability conditions, it will not include policy matters such as the annual determination of whether to activate the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB). The Board plans to conduct its annual review of the CCyB in January.

    The Board intends to publish future semiannual financial stability reports in the spring and fall.





    Credit: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Set to Hold Investigative Hearing on Engine Failure

    National Transportation Safety Board Set to Hold Investigative Hearing on Engine Failure


    Concerning CFM International engine failure on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 in April of 2018


    Washington, DC - - (November 6, 2018) - - The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to hold an investigative hearing, that is open to the public, Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. (EST), in the NTSB’s Board Room and Conference Center.

    As part of the agency’s ongoing investigation of the fatal, April 17, 2018, CFM International engine failure on Southwest Airlines flight 1380, the one-day hearing will focus on CFM International CFM56-7 series engine fan blade design and development history, CFM International CFM56-7 series engine fan blade inspection methods and procedures, and engine fan blade containment design and certification criteria.

    Parties participating in the investigative hearing and the full agenda, including a list of witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing.

    NTSB previously issued an investigative update about the ongoing investigation.

    The hearing may be viewed via webcast. A link for the webcast will be available at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com shortly before the start of the hearing.





    Credit: National Transportation Safety Board
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  • Federal Reserve Board Finalizes New Supervisory Rating System for Large Financial Institutions

    Federal Reserve Board Finalizes New Supervisory Rating System for Large Financial Institutions



    (November 2, 2018) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Friday finalized a new supervisory rating system for large financial institutions that is aligned with the core areas most important to supporting a large firm's safety and soundness and U.S. financial stability.

    The Board's post-crisis supervisory program for large financial institutions focuses on capital, liquidity, and the effectiveness of its governance and controls. In each of those areas, supervisors will use the new rating system to assign a confidential rating to the firms.

    The new rating system will apply to all domestic bank holding companies and non-insurance, non-commercial savings and loan holding companies with $100 billion or more in total consolidated assets, which is a change from the $50 billion threshold originally proposed. The new rating system will also apply to U.S. intermediate holding companies of foreign banking organizations with $50 billion or more in total consolidated assets as proposed.

    The Federal Reserve will continue to apply its existing rating system for bank holding companies with less than $100 billion in total consolidated assets. The existing rating system will also be adopted for non-insurance, non-commercial savings and loan holding companies with less than $100 billion in total consolidated assets.



    Attachment: Large Financial Institution Rating System; Regulations K and LL

    Attachment: Application of the RFI/C(D) Rating System to Savings and Loan Holding Companies




    * On November 2, a second Federal Register notice was added.
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  • National Transportation Safety Board says Highway Deaths Account for 95 Percent of all Transportation Fatalities in 2017

    Highway Deaths Account for 95 Percent of all Transportation Fatalities in 2017



    (November 1, 2018) - - Highway crashes claimed the lives of 37,133 people in 2017, accounting for 95 percent of the 38,958 who died in transportation related accidents that year, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

    The data indicate 712 fewer people died in transportation accidents in 2017, compared to the 39,670 who died in 2016. Aviation, marine and highway deaths decreased while rail and pipeline fatalities increased. Rail experienced the largest increase with 58 more deaths in 2017 than the 703 fatalities in 2016.

    While 673 fewer people died in highway crashes in 2017 compared to 2016, highway fatalities continued to represent 95 percent of all transportation fatalities.








    “Highway crashes are completely preventable,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “Implementation of the 369 open NTSB highway safety recommendations, including the 22 recommendations related to speeding, have the potential to prevent crashes, save lives, and significantly reduce the carnage on our nation’s roads.”

    National transportation fatality statistics for calendar year 2017 also revealed:
    • Aviation deaths decreased from 412 in 2016 to 350 in 2017. While general aviation showed the largest decrease with 56 fewer deaths, general aviation again accounted for 94 percent of all aviation fatalities.
    • Recreational boating accidents killed 43 fewer people in 2017 than in 2016, but 27 mariners died in commercial fishing in 2017, compared to 17 in 2016. Overall, there were 39 fewer deaths in marine transportation compared to the 733 fatalities in 2016.
    • Highway fatalities decreased from 37,806 in 2016 to 37,133 in 2017, and crashes involving passenger cars, light trucks and vans, pedestrians, motorcycles, pedalcycles, and buses resulted in fewer deaths, but deaths associated with crashes involving medium and heavy trucks increased to 841 in 2017 compared to 725 in 2016.
    • Four more people died in pipeline accidents in 2017 compared to the 16 who died in 2016.
    Preliminary aviation accident statistics also released Thursday show a slight decrease in the number of US civil aviation accidents, with 1,316 in 2017 compared to 1,335 in 2016. There were 10 fewer fatal general aviation accidents in 2017 than in 2016, and the fatal accident rate remained below one fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours for a second consecutive year.


    The approaching Thanksgiving holiday weekend is typically the busiest travel weekend of the year in the United States and marks the start of the holiday travel season. The NTSB reminds travelers that speed, distracted, impaired and drowsy driving are key factors in highway fatalities.

    When traveling by bus, train or plane, stay buckled up (just as if you were in your car), know where your nearest safety exit is and how to use it, and if directed to evacuate, leave your carry-ons behind!

    The preliminary aviation accident statistics are tracked and compiled by the NTSB. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides marine statistics, and the U.S. Department of Transportation provides statistics for all other modes. A link to the data tables for transportation fatalities for all modes may be found online at https://go.usa.gov/xPySY.




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  • National Transportation Safety Board says Derailment Demonstrates Need for Use of Safer Rail Tank Cars

    National Transportation Safety Board says Derailment Demonstrates Need for Use of Safer Rail Tank Cars



    Washington, DC - - (October 30, 2018) - - A broken rail, inadequate track maintenance and inspection, and inadequate federal oversight led to the March 10, 2017, derailment of a Union Pacific Railroad ethanol train near Graettinger, Iowa, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report released Tuesday.

    The agency also said in its report the continued use of US Department of Transportation Specification 111 tank rail tank cars in ethanol service, instead of the more robust DOT-117 tank cars, contributed to the severity of the accident in which about 322,000 gallons of undenatured ethanol was released, fueling a post-accident fire that burned for more than 36 hours. No one was injured in the accident that forced the evacuation of three nearby homes and caused an estimated $4 million in damage including the destruction of 400-feet of railroad track and a 152-foot railroad bridge.

    The train consisted of three locomotives, 98 loaded tank cars and two buffer cars filled with sand. Twenty of the 98 loaded tank cars derailed, 14 of the 20 derailed tank cars released their cargo of ethanol. Of these 14, 10 were breached from mechanical damage, four tank cars with shell damage released ethanol from bottom outlets or top fittings and thermal damage. The report states the use of DOT-117 cars, instead of the DOT-111 tank rail cars involved in the accident, would have mitigated or prevented the release of ethanol most of the derailed cars.




    (An aerial photograph of the site of the March 10, 2017, Union Pacific Railroad train derailment near Graettinger, Iowa. The train consisted of 98 tank cars loaded with ethanol, three locomotives and two buffer cars filled with sand. Twenty of the 98 tank cars derailed, 14 of the 20 released about 322,000 gallons of undenatured ethanol, fueling a post-accident fire that burned for more than 36 hours. NTSB photo)


    NTSB investigators concluded the Union Pacific Railroad was not maintaining the track structure on the Estherville Subdivision (a region of rail that includes the accident location) in accordance with Federal Railroad Administration minimum track safety standards or its own track maintenance standards. The NTSB also determined FRA inspectors did not report all defective crosstie conditions observed in the Estherville Subdivision. Additionally, investigators said in the report FRA inspectors were not using all available enforcement options to gain Union Pacific compliance with minimum track safety standards.

    The report states alcohol or drug use, and cell phone use were not factors in the accident nor was the mechanical condition of the train, the performance of the train crew or the emergency response.

    The NTSB issued three new safety recommendations and reiterated one safety recommendation. The recommendations, issued to the FRA, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Union Pacific, address training on safety standards and available enforcement options for federal track inspectors, the need for research to determine if safety would be improved by transporting ethanol in an undenatured state, and the need for Union Pacific to reexamine track maintenance and inspection program standards on all routed carrying high hazardous flammable materials.

    The abstract of the final report for the investigation may be found online at http://go.usa.gov/xPm73 . The final report will publish on the NTSB’s website within a few weeks.



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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Annual Indexing of Reserve Requirement Exemption Amount and of Low Reserve Tranche for 2019

    Federal Reserve Board announces Annual Indexing of Reserve Requirement Exemption Amount and of Low Reserve Tranche for 2019



    (October 25, 2018) - - The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced the annual indexing of two amounts used in determining reserve requirements of depository institutions. These amounts are the reserve requirement exemption amount and the low reserve tranche.

    All depository institutions must hold a percentage of certain types of deposits as reserves in the form of vault cash, as a deposit in a Federal Reserve Bank, or as a deposit in a pass-through account at a correspondent institution. Reserve requirements currently are assessed on the depository institution's net transaction accounts (mostly checking accounts). Depository institutions must also regularly submit reports of their deposits and other reservable liabilities.

    For net transaction accounts in 2019, the first $16.3 million, up from $16.0 million in 2018, will be exempt from reserve requirements. A 3 percent reserve ratio will be assessed on net transaction accounts over $16.3 million up to and including $124.2 million, up from $122.3 million in 2018. A 10 percent reserve ratio will be assessed on net transaction accounts in excess of $124.2 million.

    These annual adjustments, known as the reserve requirement exemption amount adjustment and the low reserve tranche adjustment, are based on growth in total reservable liabilities and net transaction accounts, respectively, at all depository institutions between June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

    The new low reserve tranche and reserve requirement exemption amount will apply to the 14-day reserve maintenance period that begins January 17, 2019. For depository institutions that report deposit data weekly, this maintenance period corresponds to the 14-day computation period that begins Tuesday, December 18, 2018. For depository institutions that report deposit data quarterly, this maintenance period corresponds to the seven-day computation period that begins Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

    The Board also announced changes in two other amounts, the nonexempt deposit cutoff level and the reduced reporting limit, that are used to determine the frequency with which depository institutions must submit deposit reports. The attached Federal Register notice contains a description of the new boundaries for deposit reporting that will be effective in 2019.



    Credit: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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  • Federal Reserve Board Approves Action by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Minneapolis

    Federal Reserve Board Approves Action by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Minneapolis




    (September 27, 2018) - - The Federal Reserve Board has approved actions on Thursday by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Minneapolis, increasing the discount rate (the primary credit rate) at the Banks from 2-1/2 percent to 2-3/4 percent, effective immediately.




    Source: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Opens Public Docket for Concan, Texas Highway Crash Investigation

    National Transportation Safety Board Opens Public Docket for Concan, Texas Highway Crash Investigation

    Editor's note: The National Transportation Safety Board published the following information:


    Washington, DC - - (October 3, 2018) - - The National Transportation Safety Board opened the public docket Wednesday for the March 29, 2017, crash involving a pick-up truck and a 13-passenger bus near Concan, Texas.

    The crash occurred when a pick-up truck traveling north on U.S. 83 crossed the double, solid-yellow centerline, entered the southbound lane, and collided with the bus. The bus driver and 12 of the 13 passengers were killed. The truck driver and one of the bus passengers suffered serious injuries.

    Among the more than 800 pages of information in the docket are interviews with the surviving bus passenger, the truck driver, and witnesses who recorded a 14-minute video of the motion of the truck prior to the crash. Toxicology reports and photographs are also among the items in the docket.





    (This photo taken March 29, 2017, depicts the final resting position of the pick-up truck and
    13-passenger bus involved in the fatal crash near Concan, Texas. Photo courtesy of Texas Highway Patrol)





    No conclusions about how or why the crash occurred should be drawn from the information contained within the docket. The public docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators, and does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations.

    The docket for this investigation was opened in preparation for the upcoming NTSB meeting slated for Oct. 16, 2018, to determine the probable cause of the crash. The opening of the docket affords an opportunity to review the factual information that has been gathered about the collision.

    The findings, recommendations, and determination of probable cause of this crash will be presented to the Board for approval Oct. 16, 2018.

    Previously released information about this crash is available at https://go.usa.gov/xPDFK .




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  • National Transportation Safety Board Issues 11 Safety Recommendations to Improve Pedestrian Safety

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 11 Safety Recommendations to Improve Pedestrian Safety




    Washington, DC - - (September 15, 2018) - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the recipients of 11 safety recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday in its Pedestrian Safety Special Investigation Report.

    Following the NTSB’s Pedestrian Safety Forum in 2016, the Office of Highway Safety investigated a series of 15 highway crashes in which vehicles struck and killed pedestrians between April 24 and Nov. 3, 2016. While not a representative sample of pedestrian crashes (that could be generalized for all pedestrian crashes), the NTSB selected cases for investigation that cover the range of pedestrian crash characteristics. The number, 15, was symbolic of the average number of pedestrians killed each day in 2016. Unfortunately, during the completion of this study, that average number increased to 16 pedestrians killed daily. Pedestrian fatalities have increased every year since 2009, with 5,987 pedestrians killed in 2016 because of vehicle crashes.

    The Pedestrian Safety Special Investigation Report addresses vehicle-based changes, infrastructure improvements and data needs for improving pedestrian safety. The report also considers improvements to vehicle lighting systems and other vehicle safety systems that can improve pedestrian safety.

    “Pedestrian safety is a universal issue – we are all pedestrians,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “Pedestrian safety requires a multi-faceted approach of engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation so all road users are provided safe facilities and use them as intended. The time is right for advancing improvements in pedestrian safety and the NTSB is proud to provide our expertise in the national effort to address this safety issue.”

    The NTSB issued eight safety recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two to the Federal Highway Administration and one to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recommendations address, among other issues, the need include performance-based standards for vehicle headlight systems, development of performance test criteria for vehicle designs that reduce pedestrian injuries, and incorporation of pedestrian safety systems including pedestrian collision avoidance systems and other more passive safety systems into the New Car Assessment Program.

    The abstract of the report is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xPje7 and the supplemental data for the report is available in the public docket for the report is available at https://go.usa.gov/xPjeS.

    The report will publish on the NTSB’s website in a few weeks.




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  • Federal Reserve Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Regulation H and Regulation K

    Federal Reserve Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Regulation H and Regulation K



    (September 21, 2018) - - The Federal Reserve Board on Friday requested public comment on a proposal to amend Regulation H (Membership of State Banking Institutions in the Federal Reserve System) and Regulation K (International Banking Operations) to repeal provisions that incorporate the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (S.A.F.E. Act). The proposal reflects the transferal of the Board's rulemaking authority for the S.A.F.E. Act to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). Entities that were subject to the Board's rules are now subject to the Bureau's rules.

    The S.A.F.E. Act mandates a nationwide licensing and registration system for residential mortgage loan originators. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act transferred rulemaking authority for the S.A.F.E. Act to the Bureau from the Board, the other federal banking agencies, and the Farm Credit Administration. Because the Bureau has already issued a final rule that is substantially identical to the Board's regulations that incorporate the S.A.F.E. Act, the Board is proposing to repeal its versions of those regulations.

    Comments on the attached proposal must be submitted within 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.


    View attachment HERE




    Credits: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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  • National Transportation Safety Board says a Flight Crew Misidentified Runway, Caused Taxiway Overflight

    National Transportation Safety Board says a Flight Crew Misidentified Runway, Caused Taxiway Overflight



    Washington, DC - - (September 25, 2018) - - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined Tuesday an Air Canada flight crew’s lack of awareness caused the July 7, 2017, overflight of a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport.

    Air Canada flight 759 was cleared to land on runway 28R but instead lined up with parallel taxiway C where four airplanes were awaiting clearance to take off. Flight 759 descended to an altitude of 100 feet above ground level and overflew the first of the four airplanes. The flight crew initiated a go-around, and flight 759 reached a minimum altitude of about 60 feet above ground level and overflew the second airplane before starting to climb.

    The NTSB said in its report the misidentification of taxiway C – as the intended landing runway – resulted from the flight crew’s lack of awareness of the runway 28L closure due to their ineffective review of the notice to airmen information before the flight and during the approach briefing. Although the notice to airmen about the runway 28L closure appeared in the flight release and the aircraft communication addressing and reporting system message provided to the flight crew, the presentation of that information did not effectively convey the importance of the runway closure information and did not promote flight crew review and retention.

    “The mistakes identified in this report highlight the need for further review of approach and landing procedures,” said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “This event could very easily have had a catastrophic outcome. The recommendations issued as a result of this investigation, if implemented, will help prevent the possibility of a similar incident from occurring in the future.”

    The probable cause cited fatigue as a contributing factor in the incident. While the flight crew’s work schedule for the incident flight complied with Canadian flight time limitations and rest requirements, the flight and duty-time and rest requirements for the captain would not have complied with US flight-time limitations and rest requirements.

    As result of the investigation the NTSB issued six safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration and one to Transport Canada. The recommendations address issues including the need for airplanes landing at primary airports within class B and class C airspace to be equipped with a system that alerts pilots when an airplane is not aligned with a runway surface, more effective presentation of flight operations information to optimize pilot review and retention of relevant information, a method to more effectively signal a runway closure to pilots when at least one parallel runway remains in use, and modifications to airport surface detection equipment systems to detect potential taxiway landings and provide alerts to air traffic controllers.

    To view the abstract of the report, which includes the findings, probable cause, and all recommendations, visit https://go.usa.gov/xPDrW .

    The docket material for the Air Canada incident investigation – which contains factual reports for operations, human performance, air traffic control, aircraft performance, airport, and the flight data recorder. The docket also contains a video that shows the overflight, as well as interview summaries, photographs and other investigative material.

    The full report will be available on the NTSB website in several weeks.




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  • Near Miss at San Francisco Airport Subject of National Transportation Safety Board Meeting

    Near Miss at San Francisco Airport Subject of National Transportation Safety Board Meeting




    Washington, DC - - (August 31, 2018) - - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to hold a board meeting Sept. 25, 2018, to determine the probable cause of the July 7, 2017, near miss at San Francisco International Airport.

    Air Canada flight 759, an Airbus A320, was cleared to land on runway 28R at San Francisco International Airport, but the airplane lined up with parallel taxiway C, which had four airplanes on it awaiting takeoff clearance. Air Canada flight 759 descended to about 60 feet above the ground and initiated a go-around after overflying the first airplane on taxiway C.

    A NTSB graphic, created from Harris Symphony OpsVue radar track data analysis, depicts the positions of aircraft on an overhead view of the runways and taxiways at San Francisco International Airport. In a transmission to air traffic control, a United Airlines airplane on the taxiway reportedly says: "he's on the taxiway". One photo, taken from San Francisco International Airport video, shows Air Canada Flight 759 passing over the United Airlines airplane.)

    WHAT: NTSB board meeting

    WHEN: Sept. 25, 2018, 1:30 p.m. EDT

    WHERE: NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th St., SW, Washington

    PARTICIPANTS: NTSB board members and staff

    WEBCAST: A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://nts
    b.capitolconnection.org .




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  • Richard H. Clarida Sworn in as Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Governors

    Richard H. Clarida Sworn in as Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Governors


    Swearing in of Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Vice Chairman


    (September 17, 2018) - - Richard H. Clarida took the oath of office on Monday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as Vice Chairman. The oath of office was administered by Chairman Jerome H. Powell in the Board Room.




    Chairman Powell swears in Richard H. Clarida as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as Vice Chairman.



    President Trump on April 16, 2018, announced his intention to nominate Dr. Clarida to an unexpired term as a Board member, ending on January 31, 2022, and to a four-year term as Vice Chairman. He was confirmed to both positions by the United States Senate on August 28, 2018.


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