Who do I call to get information immediately following an aviation accident?

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Waiting for information after an aviation accident can be extremely stressful, especially if you are concerned about family members you believe may have been aboard the plane or planes involved. If awaiting updates on an aviation accident, there are a number of different resources available to you that may be able to help you to get information quickly.

Resources After an Aviation Accident: NTSB Accident Reports

When an aviation accident occurs, federal law requires that it be reported immediately to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is a United States governmental authority specifically set up to handle various issues regarding all aspects of regulating air travel in the United States, and the NTSB accident reports provide reliable information after an aviation accident. The NTSB Communications Center is specifically designed to provide such information, and can be contacted by the public via their phone number at (202) 314-6100.

Should the NTSB accident report not have the information you need they can likely provide you with further contact information – for example, they may direct you to a particular branch of the airline, or another party that has information that might be useful to you.

Getting Help After an Aviation Accident 

If a situation arises where you are unable to gather the information you need, either because you are unsure where to turn or because the parties in question aren’t authorized to release it to you, it can be very helpful to speak with an aviation accident attorney. Aviation lawyers can put you into contact with the right people and can help you get the information released. The authority and guidance of an aviation accident attorney is often the quickest and most reliable way to go about finding out what you need to know after an aviation accident.

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