U.S. Business Jet Accidents Up Slightly

 - July 5, 2012, 3:50 PM

Accidents involving U.S.-registered jets operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in the total number of mishaps in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.

According to preliminary figures compiled by AIN, there were 19 nonfatal accidents in the first half of this year versus 18 in the first half of 2011. There were no fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the second quarter of this year, but two of the three fatal accidents in the first quarter of this year occurred outside the U.S. In all, 14 people were killed in three crashes involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of this year, compared with four people who died in a single jet crash in the first half of last year.

The number of nonfatal accidents befalling U.S.-registered business turboprops mirrored the jet figures, with 19 in the first half versus 18 in the same period last year. But turboprop fatalities decreased–seven people died in two fatal accidents in the first half compared with 13 fatalities in four accidents last year.

In the first half of this year, there were no accidents involving non-U.S.-registered business jets versus three nonfatal and three fatal crashes in the first half of last year.

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John a/k/a JetAviator7's picture

The trend has continued through the end of 2012 with business jet accidents increasing over 2011 levels. The most prevalent cause was airport runway overruns, but no statistical difference between single pilot and two pilot jets.

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