- November 16, 2006, 5:31 AM
Despite a rash of accidents in June involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes, there were fewer fatalities in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. However, Breiling's analysis shows that the number of fatal accidents involving U.S.-owned business jets doubled (from one to two) and those involving business turboprops were unchanged at seven. Also, nonfatal accidents involving business jets increased from nine last year to 12 this year, while nonfatal accidents involving turboprops decreased from 16 to four, period over period. Last month alone there were eight turbine airplane accidents–four involved business jets (one a fatal accident) and four involved turboprops (two of which were fatal). On June 2, two pilots were killed when their Learjet 35A crashed while trying to land at Groton-New London Airport, Conn. The other fatal jet accident in the first half of this year occurred on January 26 when a Citation 560 crashed during an apparent aborted landing at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif. All four occupants were killed.