First Half U.S. Turbine Accident Fatalities Decline

 - July 5, 2018, 10:06 AM

Fatalities from accidents of U.S.-registered business jets and turboprops declined in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. According to statistics researched by AIN, three persons died in two crashes of N-numbered business jets in the first six months of 2017 versus one accident fatal to the sole occupant in the first six months of this year. 

On April 15, 2018, at about 9 p.m. local time, a Cessna Citation 525 was destroyed after it crashed near Crozet, Virginia. The private pilot was killed. The NTSB reports that the flight was operated by an individual under Part 91 as a personal flight. Night IMC prevailed, but there was no flight plan filed. 

In the first six months of last year, N-numbered turboprops were involved in five accidents that claimed the lives of 12 persons compared to three accidents and seven fatalities in the first half of this year. The number of nonfatal U.S.-registered turboprop accidents plunged from 13 in the January-through-June timeframe in 2017 to two this year. 

There was a significant uptick in fatal non-U.S.-registered business jet accidents. In the first six months of 2017 there were two fatalities in one accident versus 12 persons who lost their lives in two accidents in the same period this year. The March 11, 2018 crash of a privately operated Turkish-registered Bombardier Challenger 604 accounted for 11 of those who were killed in the current first half. 

Non-N-numbered business turboprops improved their fatal accident record year-over-year. In the first six months of last year, 20 people died in six crashes compared to 15 fatalities in three accidents in the first six months of this year.