Business jets were involved in 18 nonfatal accidents and three fatal accidents during the first nine months of this year, compared with 16 nonfatal accidents and one fatal accident in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. Although the number of fatal accidents involving business jets tripled, the number of people killed remained level at eight for both periods.
The first three months of this year saw a significant increase in fatalities involving business jets and turboprops compared with the same period last year, according to figures compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. In the first quarter of this year, the U.S.-registered fleet of turbine-powered business airplanes experienced 22 accidents, including five fatal ones that killed 24 passengers and crew.
According to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., in the first six months of this year the U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet experienced 33 accidents, one more than during the same period last year. While the number of fatal accidents remained at nine each year, fatalities more than doubled from 16 in the first half of last year to 36 this year.
Last year the U.S. business jet fleet experienced fewer fatalities compared with 2004, according to aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. The Part 91 corporate executive segment’s previous two-year nonfatal streak, however, came to an end early last year, with the crash of a Circuit City Citation 560 on February 16. That accident took the lives of both pilots and the six passengers.
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