Topic: Ms. Ward will be speaking on the the NTSB Accident Investigation Process to include the Go Team, Parties to the Investigation, and her personal insights learned from the major investigations she has been part of.

Bio: Ms. Ward joined the NTSB in 1998 as an aerospace engineer (structures). As a structures engineer, she worked on the investigation of four major water recovery accidents and numerous mid-air collisions and in-flight breakups. In 2001, she was promoted to investigator-in-charge. In that role, she worked at the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center in support of the FBI following the events of September 11, 2001. She has brought eight major aviation accident reports before the Board and she has been the U.S. accredited representative for numerous foreign aviation accident investigations.

Ms. Ward has served as the hearing officer and or IIC for the following NTSB public hearings:

• October 2014 – Crash of Pinnacle Flight 3701

• May 2009 – Crash of Colgan Air flight 3407

• February 2009 – Safety of helicopter emergency medical services operations

• May 2003 – Crash of Air Midwest flight 5481

• October 2002 – Crash of American Airlines flight 587

Before coming to the NTSB, Ms. Ward worked for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Depot in Jacksonville, Florida, where she worked on the EA-6B and F-14 programs. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Auburn University. She received her private pilot’s license 25 years ago and has attended the Civilian Flight Test School in Mojave, California.

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