Figures recently published by Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) reveal that business airplanes, defined as those flown primarily by their owners, suffered eight accidents that resulted in one fatality last year versus just one accident and no fatalities in 2017. Last year was also far above the annual average of three business airplane accidents between 2013 and 2017. Business helicopter accidents climbed from zero in 2017 to two last year, but were no accidents from 2013 to 2017.
There were also no accidents in the last two years by corporate airplanes or helicopters, defined as those flown by a paid crew. This segment averaged one accident per year between 2013 and 2017.
Meanwhile, accidents involving propeller-driven air-taxi airplanes (under Canadian regulations, jets cannot be operated as an air taxi) declined from 28 in 2017 (two of which incurred fatalities) to 23 last year, including one fatal. Accidents involving airplane ambulance flights remained at one each for 2017 and 2018. Helicopter ambulance flights experienced no accidents last year compared with one in 2017.
The top-three most serious incidents reported in 2018 were associated with smoke or fire (85); risk of collision or loss of separation (133); and emergencies declared for various reasons not given in the statistics (297).