May 27, 2022

New Digital Collection: Law Library of Congress Announces Digitization of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Decisions, Orders, and Petitions Documents (1973-1982)

From the In Custodia Legis (Law Library of Congress Blog) by :


The Law Library of Congress has digitized a collection of National Transportation Safety Board decisions, orders, and petitions. The years of the decisions span from 1973-1982, with the majority falling between 1977 and 1981. Other decisions can be found on the N.T.S.B.s Document Management System.


The collection is organized by docket number, an alphanumeric designation; the first two letters indicate the document type and then the dockets are arranged numerically within the type. The first group of documents with the docket numbers beginning with EA are procedural, mostly name substitutions. The second group, with the docket numbers beginning with ME contains opinions and orders on appeals to a decision of the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. The third group with dockets beginning with an R are from the National Mediation Board in 1978.


The majority of the documents begin with docket number SE and include orders and decisions of the Federal Aviation Administration. A section of petitions begins with docket number SM and comprise the second largest group. At the end are two documents that do not have docket numbers visible.

Direct to Complete Blog Post (Including a Few Examples of Noteworthy Documents)

Direct to Digitized NTSB Documents

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