Shutdown puts dozens of federal transportation safety probes on hold

Shutdown puts dozens of federal transportation safety probes on hold

Dozens of investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are reportedly on hold due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

CBS News reported Friday that the investigations are on hold as nearly the entire NTSB staff is furloughed.

The shutdown has inhibited the NTSB from starting more than 70 accident investigations that it typically conducts, including investigations into a dozen plane crashes that resulted in the deaths of 18 people, according to records obtained by CBS.

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Only 26 of the 397 employees at the NTSB are still working, as those were the only ones deemed "essential" to "manage the shutdown."

Only if there is a reasonable likelihood of an imminent life-threatening safety issue can more employees and investigators be called back in, CBS reported.

Of the 74 investigations that have been missed so far, at least 20 of those were deadly, with 34 deaths.

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More than 800,000 federal workers are impacted by the shutdown, with many working without pay until the government reopens and issues them back pay.