No fatal crashes by n-number bizjets reported in first half

 - July 23, 2007, 10:30 AM

There were no fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of this year, compared with three such accidents and seven fatalities in the same period last year, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates. Corporate/executive jet operators were not involved in any accident in the first half of this year or last year.

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based safety analyst firm also reported, however, that business jets were involved in four nonfatal accidents in the first six months of this year versus just two in the same timeframe last year.

While the number of fatal accidents involving business turboprops remained at eight over the comparable periods, the number of people killed fell from 21 to 15. One fatal turboprop crash involved corporate/executive flying. The others involved air-taxi and owner-flown aircraft.

There were no reports of any accidents or incidents involving fractional airplanes in the first half, compared with two incidents last year. Breiling also reported that business aircraft manufacturers had no mishaps in the first six months of this year, versus one in April last year (the Swearingen SJ30-2 fatal flight-test crash that is still under NTSB investigation).