WASHINGTON, DC ( release / ABC NEWS ) A letter from the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman was sent to Pinnacle Airlines Corporation demanding information be provided to the NTSB.
The following is a statement from the NTSB provided to ABC NEWS on Thursday.
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STATEMENT FROM NTSB CHAIRMAN DEBORAH A.P. HERSMAN
ON LETTER TO PINNACLE AIRLINES CORP.
Two weeks ago, we were disappointed to learn of internal documents released by Pinnacle Airlines Corp., parent company of Colgan Air, that were not provided to the NTSB during the course of our investigation into the February 12, 2009, crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407. The NTSB investigation began immediately after the crash and concluded with a public meeting on February 2, 2010.
Today, in a letter to Pinnacle Airlines Corp., the NTSB requested that the company make available any and all information regarding the training and technical qualifications of the Captain and First Officer on-board Flight 3407.
While the content of the newly released email exchanges appears to be consistent with information our investigators learned through other means during the course of the investigation, it is critical that the factual record of this accident be complete. The previously undisclosed documents do not appear to give reason for reconsideration of the NTSB’s final report and probable cause determination.
STATEMENT FROM REPRESENTATIVES HOCHUL, HIGGINS,
& SLAUGHTER AFTER NTSB REQUESTS FULL
DISCLOSURE FROM PINNACLE AIRLINES
Representatives Hochul, Higgins, and Slaughter released the following statement after news that the NTSB has requested Pinnacle Airlines to fully disclose all information, including emails, related to the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407:
“Following last week’s meeting with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), we are glad to hear the NTSB is heeding our call and requesting for Pinnacle Airlines to release any and all information relevant to the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407.
“All of this information should have been released from the very beginning of this investigation and the Western New York delegation stands united in their disappointment and outrage at Pinnacle for choosing to cherry-pick what they submitted to the investigators. The NTSB is to be commended for having conducted such a thorough and expeditious investigation, but this information could have strengthened that effort.
“From the beginning of this tragedy, our combined goal has been to uncover the truth about what happened on that February night in 2009. While we’ve been told the information contained in these emails is consistent with what Pinnacle and Colgan reported to the NTSB, our hope is that any new information can help fill in the gaps and ensure such a tragedy never happens again.”
Statement from Colgan Air regarding NTSB request
"The information the e-mails reference was in fact shared with the NTSB investigators prior to and during testimony. The NTSB notes in its news release on this request that, “The previously undisclosed documents do not appear to give reason for reconsideration of the NTSB’s final report and probable cause determination.” We intend to comply with the NTSB request and remain confident in our full compliance with FAA regulations governing our training processes, then and now."