Worldwide Bizjet Accident Numbers Still Rising
In the first nine months of 2012, the number of accidents involving both U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased over numbers recorded in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, the total number of nonfatal N-registered business jet mishaps increased slightly from 21 in the first three quarters of 2011 to 23 in the same period this year. Fatal accidents climbed from one event last year to four this year, and fatalities jumped from four last year to 17 this year. All the fatal accidents in both periods occurred under Part 91 operations.
Total accidents of non-U.S.-registered business jets also increased over the comparable periods, from three in 2011 to five this year. Two people were killed in the single fatal accident this year of a privately operated non-N-numbered corporate jet compared with 68 fatalities in five accidents in the period last year.
Meanwhile, U.S.-registered business turboprops experienced a drop in nonfatal and fatal accidents in the first nine months of this year versus the same period last year, with the number of fatalities down by half, from 16 last year to eight this year. All three fatal accidents in 2012 occurred under Part 91 operations while five of the seven fatal accidents last year happened under Part 91. The other two fatal crashes in 2011 involved aircraft operating under Part 135.
Non N-numbered business turboprops, however, did not fare nearly as well as their U.S. counterparts, experiencing nearly twice as many accidents in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year. Non-N-numbered turboprops saw 20 accidents and 33 deaths in the first three-quarters of this year compared with 11 accidents and 28 fatalities in the same period of 2011.