Business Aviation Accidents Down in 2007
Business aviation experienced 25 accidents in the first six months of this year, down from 29 in the same period last year, according to data released last week by Robert Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. There were also fewer fatal accidents—eight accidents and 14 fatalities this year versus nine accidents and 23 fatalities in the same period last year. Among the 25 total accidents, business jets accounted for 11, while turboprops accounted for the remaining 14. Jets were involved in five fatal accidents, while turboprops experienced only three. Among all sectors, fractionals had the best safety record, with no accidents and only one incident, an improvement from last year’s already low figure. Corporate jet operators also fared well, with only one accident and no fatalities, compared with six accidents and four fatalities during the first six months of last year. The downside to this year’s figures is the air-taxi segment, which experienced an increase in accidents for both jets and turboprops. Air-taxi operators have been involved in 15 accidents so far this year, five of them fatal.