Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Accident Reports

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Accident Reports – http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/AccidentReports.aspx

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some plausible hazardous materials accidents?
  • What are some typical causes of bus crashes?
  • What are some typical railroad fatalities?


From the website:

Accident Reports are one of the main products of an NTSB investigation. Reports provide details about the accident, analysis of the factual data, conclusions and the probable cause of the accident, and the related safety recommendations. Most reports focus on a single accident, though the NTSB also produces reports addressing issues common to a set of similar accidents.

Reports can be browsed by mode: aviation, hazardous materials, highway, marine, pipeline and railroad. Photographs are often included in reports.

Search Tip:

While the NTSB reports are not searchable on the website, you can search the site with your favorite search engine by using the terms [aspect of accident, i.e, fatality, fire, etc] [mode of transportation] inurl:http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations. Here are a few examples that yield useful results:

fatality marine inurl:http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations
fire railroad inurl:http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations
fatality sleep highway inurl:http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations


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