NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Source||National Aeronautic and Space Administration|
|File Size||740 MB|
|Dates Covered||1988 – Dec 2013|
NASA does not keep the information in a traditional database format of columns and rows. It is more like a report, making it difficult to run summary queries. There are many fields, but not every report includes information for each option.
NASA made significant changes to this database in 2000, eliminating the codes that were used in the past. Instead they use phrases and some abbreviations. In addition, they split the information into two tables – one consisting of the basic data and the other of the narrative information.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Main documentation (readme.txt)||12.1 KB|
|Main table data sample (MAIN.xls)||20.0 KB|
|Remarks table data sample (remarks_sample.xls)||30.5 KB|
|Record layout (Layouts.txt)||2.0 KB|
- Aviation Safety Tip Sheet
This tipsheet lists Internet resources for covering aviation safety.
- Nuts and Bolts of Aviation Safety
This tipsheet gives a list of data useful for covering aviation safety and explains how each can be helpful for journalists. The tipsheet also includes a check-list of what to do when a plane crashes to help the reporter find the information he or she is looking for more easily.
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- Near-Miss Communications
WABC-TV Channel 7 Eye Witness News investigated why two foreign 757 jumbo jets nearly collided on the JFK Airport in New York in June of 1998. The investigation revealed that this near-miss and an Avianca jet crash that killed 73 people 10 years ago “resulted from foreign pilots inability to clearly understand English, the international language of aviation.”
- Plane Speaking
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