Ian Jefferies will become the organization’s next president and CEO on January 1, 2019 Ian Jefferies

AAR statement on NTSB preliminary East Palestine report

AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies issued the following statement in response to National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) initial report on the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

“NTSB’s deliberate and methodical approach under these challenging circumstances has been essential to establishing independent, credible findings into the cause of the accident in East Palestine. As an industry, railroads will use this initial report in shaping a thoughtful, fact-driven approach to prevent another similar accident before it can occur elsewhere.

“As stakeholders review this preliminary report, the railroads will continue to follow this ongoing investigation closely and look forward to reviewing NTSB’s final report. We share a singular mission of taking meaningful steps to further improve safety.”