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NTSB Correspondence

The NTSB has been as unwilling to admit or promote the idea of crashworthiness - regardless of Burnelli. The NTSB have been hiding behind vague statements and in his own words NTSB Chairman Jim Burnett stated in a letter dated September 16, 1986 to Dr. Edmund J. Cantilli, Executive Director of The Institute for Safety in Transportation:

    "the Board's congressional mandate does not provide it [the NTSB] with the legislative authority nor does the Board have the staff to conduct an evaluation of the Burnelli Lifting Body with respect to its crashworthiness features or to evaluate or endorse specific aircraft design concepts."

And in the same letter, the above sweeping statement is made in contradiction to:

"[NTSB]concerns about the sometimes obvious disparities that exist in the crashworthiness of different airplane designs."

Unfortunately the above was also a rehash of a previous answer containing generally the same information, claiming that the NTSB did not have the authority to recommend airplane designs. Dr. Cantilli reminded Mr. Burnett of the recommended design changes to railroad tank cars made by the NTSB.

Futhermore, time or the appearance of a new NTSB Chairman doesn't change anything to their policy.  You'll see from the Flight International article of October 6-12, 1999 that the NTSB wants to control what the airlines tell the public after an accident has occured.  Meaning the public is to get as little information from others?   Does it make it easier to manipulate stories if the public isn't given so much information from different sources? 

Finally, on September 13, 1999, Mr. Goodlin of the Burnelli Company wrote to James Hall, Chairman of the NTSB with appropriate documentation to once again ask:

Dallas-Forth Worth, Delta Flight 191.  130  dead.  Was  the aircraft designed to protect passengers during a crash?  WHY  NOT?

"Why has the NTSB failed to recognize that the cause of most aircrash fatalities is due to the fundamental flaws  which are inherent in conventional airliners?"
[Ed.: emphasis added]

On October 25, 1999 Mr. Goodlin wrote a letter asking for a response since none had been received.  On November 5, 1999 Mr. Goodlin finally received a reply - dated October 27, 1999 (does it really take 9 days for First Class mail to travel from Washington, DC to Miami?)  which again didn't answer the principal question (printed above in large letters).

The Burnelli Company wrote another letter to the NTSB's Chairman Hall reiterating the principal question on November 15, 1999.  On December 14, 1999, Chairman Hall wrote another unresponsive letter, sidestepping and ignoring the principal question.

The NTSB cannot answer the principal question above because in doing so they would admit to wrong-doing.  See "NTSB admits dependence on industrty" for more details.

 
 

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