NTSB upgrades accident search tool

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In October 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board upgraded the search capabilities on its website.

“We have developed a new query tool, CAROL (Case Analysis and Reporting Online), which enhances the website’s search capabilities for our investigations and safety recommendations,” officials announced. “Future enhancements will include improved access to docket items as well.”

Want to conduct a search, but not search how to go about it? Read more below:


For aviation investigation information covering the years 1962 to 2007, use the legacy Aviation Database Query

For aviation investigations since 2008, with the exception of mid-air collisions, use CAROL.

Safety Recommendations

CAROL replaces the previous Safety Recommendations Database search. You can search all of the NTSB’s 15,000 safety recommendations using CAROL. To learn more about searching recommendations, visit the NTSB’s Safety Recommendations Page​​.

Investigation Dockets

To search for an accident docket, use the existing docket query. In the future, docket search capability will be covered within the CAROL tool, according to NTSB officials.

Enhanced Searches

CAROL enhances the database search process on NTSB.gov. It has three query options:

KEYWORD SEARCH, which allows you to search on one of the six fields listed in the search box. BASIC SEARCH, which allows you to search any of the seven available fields. ​QUERY BUILDER, which allows you to build custom queries by selecting from a variety of investigation and recommendation fields. You can select whether to display results that match any or all of your individual query rules, or group your rules so results match any or all of the multiple rules in your grouping.​

CAROL includes both investigative and recommendation data. When using these search options, you first choose whether to view the results as a list of investigations or recommendations.

You can also search popular topics, such as safety recommendations associated with the Most Wanted List (MWL). You may find those under PUBLISHED SEARCHES on the CAROL landing page.

See the CAROL Guide​ for more information on using the QUERY BUILDER.

The CAROL query works with browsers such as Chrome and Microsoft Edge, but will not function in legacy versions of Internet Explorer.​

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