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The NTSB aviation accident database contains information from 1962 and later about civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. Generally, a preliminary report is available online within a few days of an accident. Factual information is added when available, and when the investigation is completed, the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its probable cause. Full narrative descriptions may not be available for dates before 1993, cases under revision, or where NTSB did not have primary investigative responsibility.

The following information is available:

  • Database Query - interactive search capability for the NTSB database, updated daily; see the general instructions before using the form for the first time.
  • Monthly lists - accidents sorted by date, updated daily.
  • Investigations Nearing Completion - List of investigations with estimated dates of publishing probable cause.
  • Downloadable datasets - one complete dataset for each year beginning from 1982, updated monthly in Microsoft Access 95 MDB format; this site also provides weekly "change" updates and complete documentation.
  • GILS record - complete description of the accident database, including definition of "accident" and "incident".
  • FAA incident database - complete information about incidents, including those not investigated by NTSB, is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Data & Information Products - lists other sources of information about aviation accidents, including publications, dockets, and press releases

  • Hints and instructions are available for each field by clicking on the associated link. 

    Accident/Incident Information
    Date Range and 1962 - present
      (mm/dd/yyyy) (mm/dd/yyyy)   
    City Investigation Type
    State Injury Severity


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    - On Jan. 8, 2001, dynamic access to the accident data repository was implemented. Static files are no longer available.
    - On Oct. 2, 2001, minor cases which do not fall under the definition of "accident" or "incident" were removed from the database; these entries were previously identified with "SA" in the accident number.
    - On Sept. 18, 2002, data from 1962-1982 were added to the aviation accident information. The format and type of data contained in the earlier briefs may differ from later reports.

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