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Monday, December 18, 2000
NTSB chairman Jim Hall to resign
By Don Phillips
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall,
presided over investigations into some of the most mysterious crashes
jet age and whose board took on the responsibility of caring for victims'
families, says he will resign Jan. 18 after seven years as head of
Board sources say President Clinton is set to name board member Carol
Carmody as vice chairman, elevating her to acting chairman when Hall
However, Carmody is a Democrat, and it is considered a certainty that
President-elect Bush will eventually name a Republican as chairman.
said last week that his last official act will be to break ground for
safety-training academy at the Loudoun County, Va., campus of George
Washington University, which will also be home to the rebuilt hulk
Trans World Airlines Boeing 747 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean
as Flight 800. Hall said he considers the training academy one of his
TWA Flight 800 was perhaps the most controversial crash investigation
safety-board history. To this day, some groups and individuals say
board's conclusion that a fuel-tank explosion brought down the 747
smoke screen to cover up a missile attack. Board investigators insist
is not a shred of missile evidence.
Hall's most sweeping change was establishing the Family Affairs Office
care for relatives of crash victims. Partly reacting to criticism that
family care might detract from the board's main duty of investigating
accidents, he segregated the two functions with separate staffs and
He also established the board's first 24-hour communications center.
became a crusader for child-safety seats and publicized the dangers
children of air bags. He also promoted the "one level of safety" program
commuter airlines and pushed for better flight-data recorders on aircraft.
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