U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes were involved in fewer total accidents in the first half of this year, but corporate jets recorded more fatalities over the first half of this year than in the same period last year. According to preliminary data tabulated by AIN, there were 21 total accidents involving business turboprops and jets in the first six months, compared with 27 in the same period last year. Turboprops were responsible for the entire reduction, also recording fewer fatalities–16 in six accidents in the first half of this year versus 18 deaths in eight crashes in the same period a year ago.
There were four fatal crashes of N-numbered business jets in the first six months of this year, resulting in 15 deaths, versus nine fatalities in four accidents in the first half of 2013. Part 91 operations accounted for all the fatal jet crashes in both periods.
Accident statistics in the two calendar periods for non-U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes mirrored the U.S. fleet in that there were fewer fatalities from turboprop accidents and more from jet crashes. Fourteen people were killed in three jet accidents in the recent first half versus two who died in one accident last year.