The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting tomorrow to consider a safety study on the effectiveness of airbags in general aviation aircraft.
According to an NTSB press release, the Board initiated the safety study to 1) examine the effectiveness of airbags in mitigating occupant injury in a survivable GA accident, 2) identify any unintended consequences of airbag deployments, and 3) develop procedures to assist investigators in documenting airbag systems in future investigations.
During the course of the study, investigators became aware of several potential issues that could compromise occupant safety associated with the use, adjustment and design of restraint systems. All of these findings will be presented to the five-Member Board for their consideration.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11, at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.
A live and archived webcast of the proceedings will be available on the Board's website at
www.ntsb.gov/Events/Boardmeeting.htm. Technical support details are available under "Board Meetings." To report any problems, please call 703-993-3100 and ask for Webcast Technical Support. A summary of the safety study, which will include its findings and safety recommendations, will appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The entire study will appear on the website in a few weeks.
Airbags in airplanes?
January 10, 2011