U.S. Business Jet Fatalities Down, Turboprops Up

 - April 4, 2013, 1:45 PM

In the first quarter of this year, seven people died in two fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered private business jets compared with 14 fatalities in three private business jet accidents in the first quarter of last year, according to preliminary data gathered by AIN. The two fatal U.S. business jet accidents in the first quarter involved privately operated Beechcraft Premiers.

AIN’s sources also reported no fatal accidents involving business jet charter flights in either period. However, there were 15 fatalities in six crashes of private and charter N-registered business turboprops in the first three months of this year versus no turboprop fatal accidents in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, accidents of non-U.S.-registered jets increased in the quarter-over-quarter comparison. From January through March this year, two accidents resulted in eight fatalities. One of those fatal mishaps also involved a privately operated Premier in which two people were killed. There were no serious crashes of non-N-numbered business jets in last year’s first quarter.

Regarding non-U.S.-registered turboprops, in this year’s first quarter, four crashes (all on charter operations) took the lives of 27 people compared with 12 people killed in three crashes in the first quarter of last year.