Accidents in the first quarter involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes resulted in 15 fatalities, compared with 22 in the same period last year, even though the corporate jet segment did not reduce its number of fatal and nonfatal accidents. According to data assembled by AIN, five people were killed in two crashes involving N-numbered business jets in the first quarter versus seven in two accidents in the year-ago period–all under Part 91 operations.
The two fatal accidents of the recent first quarter occurred in January: a Challenger 601-3R mishap in Aspen, Colo., that killed the copilot; and a U.S.-registered Citation 501SP crash in Germany that killed all four people aboard. In the first quarter this year, U.S.-registered turboprops suffered half the number of accidents: two nonfatals, and three fatals in which five people were killed.
Four people died in one accident involving a non-U.S.-registered business jet in the first quarter, compared with two deaths in a single crash last year. Fatalities aboard non-U.S.-registered turboprops fell from 27 in four accidents in the first three months of last year to eight in two crashes so far this year.