The U.S. business jet fleet worldwide recorded fewer nonfatal accidents and fatalities in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, business jets incurred seven accidents in the first half of this year versus 22 during the same period last year. Although these figures included three fatal jet accidents in both periods (all under FAR Part 91 operating rules), the number of deaths dropped to nine in the first six months of this year compared with 14 last year.
Nonfatal accidents involving N-numbered turboprops fell to 12 in the first half of this year from 19 in the first half of last year, but the number of fatal accidents quadrupled, to eight (all but one occurring under Part 91) from two, and the number of fatalities more than doubled, to 18 from seven.
There were no accidents involving non-U.S.-registered business jets in the first six months of last year compared with four in the first six months of this year, including one fatal accident involving a privately operated jet in which two people died.
Non-N-numbered business turboprops were involved in five nonfatal crashes in this year’s first half versus eight last year. In the first half of this year, 33 people died in seven turboprop accidents compared with 19 people in six mishaps last year.