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What is the role of the US in international accidents?

You might wonder how international air disasters are handled by the United States. If you, a New Yorker and US citizen, are flying on an international flight that experiences a problem, will you still be offered the same protection as you would on a domestic flight? These questions are best answered by learning more about the National Transportation Safety Board, which is an agency that investigates accidents involving transportation, including flights.

The NTSB has the authority to investigate international flight accidents under the Standards and Recommended Practices and the Chicago Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization. It works with other countries to seek accident causes, find survivors and manage the investigation. Generally, the U.S. has separate agreements with other countries as to how accident investigations are handled. 

It is important to understand that any results of investigations are handled by the home country. This means, for example, if it is a flight out of Australia on an Australian airline, then Australia will manage the investigation and the release of information. The NTSB is only there to help and maintain a record for the U.S.

In summary, this means that any incident with an international flight is managed by the home country of the airline, but the U.S. will be involved if U.S. citizens are onboard. The NTSB will assist to ensure the investigation is thorough and to offer any help that may be needed. This information is intended for educational purposes and is not to be taken as legal advice. 

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