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Press Conference re: 15-Year-Old NTSB Safety Recommendations

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Press Conference re: 15-Year-Old NTSB Safety Recommendations
From Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:00 am to Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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Media Advisory – Press Conference Announcement

Media Contact:

Alicia G. Ward

843.216.9548 – phone

843.532.7011 – mobile





Declaratory Action and Mandamus Lawsuit Filed Against DOT to Compel Action

on 15-Year-Old NTSB Safety Recommendations

National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation President Matt Ziemkiewicz; former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo; and other aviation safety experts and advocates call on the NTSB to ensure a full investigation into the latest commercial turboprop crash. Additionally, the group announces the filing of a lawsuit against the DOT to compel them to end the 15-year delays on regulatory changes and put an end to déjà vu disasters. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of Plaintiff Gail Dunham, Executive Director of The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F), to help safeguard the flying public and compel action on pending safety measures.

Aviation Safety Advocates Call For Action:

Several airline safety experts, activists, and family members who have lost loved ones in air crashes host an informational session to announce these actions to put an end to future déjà vu aviation disasters – air crashes that happened while safety regulations recommended as a result of prior crashes languished at the FAA.

Ziemkiewicz, Schiavo and fellow participants believe full investigations are necessary to reveal all the facts and establish and enforce enduring safety changes, and legal action is necessary to force the DOT and FAA to take action and cure the years of bureaucratic paralysis which have cost hundreds of lives as documented by the NTSB.


Matt Ziemkiewicz, President of The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F), an organization of air crash survivors and victims’ family members that promotes increased standards of safety, security and survivability for passengers.

Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, expert witness in the Roselawn icing litigation and author of New York Times bestseller, Flying Blind, Flying Safe, in which she dubbed the FAA the “Tombstone Agency” and FAA leadership the “Kidney Stone Administrators,” because the industry just waited for them to pass out of their jobs.

Bob Monetti, who has been fighting for improvements in airline safety and security since the loss of his daughter in the December 1988 air disaster of PanAm Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Jack and Alice Murphy, who lost their pilot son in a turboprop crash. Through their fight for justice, they uncovered aircraft defects and showed the aircraft, and not their son, was to blame.

Donald McCune, retired major commercial airline captain.

Newark, New Jersey:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Hilton Newark Airport Hotel

Elizabeth C

1170 Spring Street

Elizabeth, NJ 07201


Washington, D.C.:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

Ballroom D

480 L’Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, DC 20024

Buffalo, New York:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Adam’s Mark Hotel

Erie Ballroom A

120 Church Street

Buffalo, NY 14202


Camera Visual, Radio and Print Press Opportunities:

· Receive a copy of the filed Federal Declaratory and Mandamus Action to compel government action.

· Unique opportunity to interview family members who have turned their personal loss of loved ones in plane crashes into a lifelong advocacy mission for improved airline safety and security, including Jack and Alice Murphy, who lost their son in a twin turboprop crash, and Bob Monetti, who lost his daughter in PanAm Flight 103.

· Prime opportunity to ask aviation industry, regulatory and aircraft questions to former U.S. DOT Inspector General Mary Schiavo, NADA/F President Matt Ziemkiewitcz and retired major airline captain Don McCune.

· Video and audio footage for afternoon and evening broadcasts.

The Facts:

· On December 18, 2008, the NTSB issued new warnings about turboprop aircraft and icing conditions.

· Improvements in turboprop icing safety is currently on one of the NTSB’s Ten Most Wanted Safety Improvements. http://www.ntsb.gov/recs/mostwanted/air_ice.htm

· NTSB recommendations from previous turboprop icing crashes have been pending as “open, unacceptable response from the FAA” for over 15 years. In this time period there have been three plane crashes and hundreds of casualties in crashes of icing and turboprop planes.

· The NTSB and the public blamed the pilots of prior Colgan Air and Pinnacle crashes, Colgan Flight 9446 and Pinnacle Flight 3701, but subsequent investigations showed the aircraft in each case was to blame. Rushing “to blame the pilots and close the case” instead of a full and complete examination of the aircraft will cause more loss of life in the future.

· In addition to the inaction on icing, airport safety issues have been pending for 19 years without DOT/FAA action.


Alicia G. Ward | Director of Marketing and Communications | Motley Rice LLC
28 Bridgeside Blvd. | Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 | award@motleyrice.com
o. 843.216.9548 | c. 843.532.7011 | f. 843.216.9450
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