Baton Passed

By Christopher Hart, Acting Chairman

Outgoing Chairman Hersman presents the gavel to Vice Chairman HartFor the past four and a half years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as the National Transportation Safety Board Vice-Chairman, assisting Chairman Deborah Hersman. Yesterday, after nearly ten years at the NTSB, including almost five years as Chairman, Ms. Hersman stepped down. She has been selected to become President and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC). With her departure came the “passing of the baton.” It will be a privilege and an honor to serve as the Acting Chairman of the NTSB.

Although the leadership has changed, you can count on the NTSB to continue to relentlessly pursue its mission of advancing transportation safety. We will, as always, maintain our legislatively mandated independence and objectivity; conduct objective and thorough accident investigations and safety studies; conduct fair and objective airman and mariner certification appeals; promote the implementation of our safety recommendations; and assist victims of transportation accidents and their families.

All of us here at the NTSB wish former Chairman Hersman the best with her new endeavors to advance safety with the NSC. As for me, I’m looking forward to working with our staff and our many constituencies – industry, regulators, advocacy groups, and the public – to continue making transportation ever safer for everyone.

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