NTSB 50th Anniversary

May 10, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board marks its 50th year of saving lives. This video looks at several key changes that the safety board helped bring about.

Transportation safety improvements spurred by National Transportation Safety Board recommendations are highlighted in a video released as part of the NTSB’s ongoing commemoration of its 50th anniversary.

The NTSB was created April 1, 1967, as part of the newly created Department of Transportation. In 1975 the NTSB became an independent federal agency, and remains so today.

The work of the NTSB, throughout its 50-year history, is responsible for the transformational improvements in transportation safety that make us all safer today. The NTSB has investigated thousands of accidents and made more than 14,500 recommendations to improve transportation safety. More than 80 percent of these accident-prevention recommendations have been acted upon favorably, saving countless lives.