NTSB lead on Colgan crash plans to leave the agency

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US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Steve Chealander is leaving the agency at the end of the month to assume an executive position with Airbus Americas.

Chealander spearheaded the team of NTSB investigators sent to the scene in Buffalo, NY after the crash of a Colgan Airways Bombardier Q400 on 12 February.

He has served as an NTSB board member since January 2007.

Chealander is a former US Air Force pilot and was a member of the division's Thunderbirds. He also flew commercially as a captain for American Airlines.

NTSB says Chealander is moving to Airbus Americas in Miami, Florida to serve as VP Technical Training.