| WASHINGTON, June 26
WASHINGTON, June 26 President Barack Obama on
Thursday named lawyer and longtime transportation civil servant
Christopher Hart to be chairman of the National Transportation
Hart is currently a board member of the NTSB and is serving
as acting chairman. He has held senior positions at the Federal
Aviation Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, and the Department of Transportation. He was a
member of the NTSB from 1990-1993.
Hart is a licensed pilot. His great uncle, James Herman
Banning, was the first African-American to receive a pilot's
license issued by the U.S. Government in 1926, according to
Hart's NTSB biography.
The five-member NTSB is an independent federal agency that
investigates civil aviation and other transportation accidents.
It ruled on Tuesday that the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San
Francisco last year that killed three people was the result of
pilot error but recommended modifications to the Boeing 777's
Hart's five-year term as a member of the NTSB expires at the
end of 2017. If confirmed by the Senate, he would serve a
two-year term as chairman.
(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)