By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Senate confirmed Jennifer Homendy by voice vote on Monday to chair the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the independent federal agency charged with investigating all civil aviation accidents and other accidents. Of transport.
Homendy, 49, has served on the board since August 2018 and was previously a member of the senior legislative staff working on transportation issues.
She was the board member on the scene during the investigation into the January 2020 helicopter crash that killed Los Angeles basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people, as well as a fire in a dive boat in September 2019 that killed 34 people. off the coast of California.
Homendy has previously criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to ensure that emerging driver assistance systems or autonomous vehicles are safe. In an NTSB investigation into a fatal Uber (NYSE 🙂 autonomous driving accident in March 2018, Homendy said the NHTSA had “put technological advancement here before saving lives.”
In a concurrent statement filed in March 2020 on a board investigation into a fatal Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 accident, Homendy said, “The most dangerous way to travel in our country is on the road,” noting that more than 36,000 people die annually. .
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