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Friday, May 10, 2013

WTS-DC NTSB Training Center Visit & Briefing

12:45 PM - 02:45 PM Eastern Standard Time

Please join WTS-DC for a visit to the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Learn more about domestic and international accident investigations in the commercial aviation sector from one the NTSB’s top Technical Training Officers, Cynthia L. Keegan. Visit will include lunch and a tour of a TWA reconstructed aircraft.

The NTSB facility offers a unique opportunity to learn about the NTSB's investigative findings and conclusions and tour the reconstructed wreckage of TWA flight 800, which experienced an in-flight breakup over the Atlantic Ocean in 1996. Ms. Keegan will share her first-hand experience and lessons learned from her investigative work on this horrific accident and provide us with her perspective on the recovery effort as we tour the three-dimensional reconstruction of TWA 800.

Topic: Commercial Aviation Accident Investigations and Tour of TWA800 Reconstructed Aircraft

Speaker: Cynthia L. Keegan

Ms. Cynthia Keegan became a Technical Training Officer at the NTSB’s Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, October 2012, after a one year detail from her prior position as a survival factors investigator.  In her current position she is responsible for developing technical training for domestic and international accident investigators. Her work on the investigation of TWA 800 Boeing 747 that occurred July 17, 1996, affords her unique experience and knowledge when presenting and giving tours of TWA 800. Prior to her current position, and since February 1997, Ms. Keegan worked as a Senior Survival Factors Investigator on dozens of domestic and international investigations, including the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77 crash into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Prior to this position, Ms. Keegan worked as a Structural Engineer in the Aviation Safety Engineering group and also worked as a production engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company. More information on Ms. Keegan may be found here.

Speaker: Beverley Drake

Ms. Beverley Drake is a Senior Aviation Accident Investigator (SAAI)/Analyst/Federal Women’s Program Manager with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Ms. Drake’s professional career in aviation spans 37 years, dedicating 22 of those years to the NTSB. This distinguished career began in her native country Guyana littered with many “firsts”. She was the first military and commercial female pilot to fly the Britten Norman Islander in the jungles of Guyana.  At the NTSB, Ms. Drake has served as the first and only African American female to date as SAAI, and has investigated over 300 small and large-scale accidents. She served as the Witness Group Chairman for USAir Flight 427, and the reconstruction of TWA 800, a 747 that exploded shortly after takeoff in New York 1996. Ms. Drake has developed several safety recommendations and accomplishments, and supported the determination of probable cause statements for thousands of NTSB accidents and incidents. More information on Ms. Drake may be found here.

Event Date/Time:
Friday, May 10th, 2013
12:45pm  Individual arrivals and check-in at the NTSB Training Center
1:00pm    Lunch presentation at the NTSB Conference Center
2:00pm    Tour of TWA 800 Aircraft

NTSB Training Center, 45065 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia 20147
(on-site the George Washington University Virginia Campus)https://www.ntsb.gov/trainingcenter/facilityloc.htm#directions  
Free parking available at the Training Center

No later than Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 http://wtsevents.org/chapter/WashingtonDC/

$20 members, $30 non-members, $10 students

Payment Options:
Paypal for WTS-DC
Check or Cash payable to WTS-DC. Payable at the door or in advance to WTS-DC, Box 34097, Washington, D.C. 20043-4097

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