In the first quarter of this year, seven people died in two fatal accidents involving Part 91-operated U.S.-registered business jets compared with 14 fatalities in three Part 91 business jet accidents in the first quarter of last year, according to preliminary data gathered from various AIN sources. Both of the fatal U.S. business jet accidents in the first quarter befell privately operated Hawker Beechcraft Premier Is.
The same sources also reported no fatal accidents involving business jet charter flights in either period. However, there were 15 fatalities in six crashes of Part 91 (five accidents) and Part 135 (one accident) charter N-numbered turboprops in the first three months of this year versus no turboprop fatal accidents in the same period in 2012.
Meanwhile, accidents involving non-U.S.-registered jets increased in the quarter-over-quarter comparison. From January through March this year, two accidents resulted in eight fatalities. One of those fatal mishaps involved a privately operated Premier in which two people were killed. There were no serious crashes of non-N-numbered business jets in last year’s first quarter. Regarding non-U.S.-registered turboprops, although the total number of accidents for the two periods remained unchanged at six, in this year’s first quarter, four crashes (all under charter operations) took the lives of 27 people compared with 12 people killed in three crashes in the first quarter of 2012.