U.S. Bizav Accident Fatalities Skyrocket in 1H19

 - July 2, 2019, 2:27 PM

The number of fatal accidents and fatalities involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes in the first six months of this year might set an all-time high, with June clearly being the deadliest period. According to preliminary statistics gathered by AIN, 19 people died in four business jet crashes and 28 lost their lives in five turboprop crashes during the first half. In the same period last year, one died in a single business jet accident and seven perished in three turboprop mishaps.

Thirteen are believed to have been killed in the crash of an N-numbered Bombardier Challenger 601-3A that went missing May 5 over Mexico on a charter flight. Two died in the May 22 crash of a Cessna Citation SII and another two were killed when a Citation 560 overshot its planned destination and crashed into the sea just two days later. On April 12, three were killed in the crash of a Rockwell Sabreliner.

Two Beech King Air takeoff accidents resulted in 21 of the fatalities involving turboprops: 11 in the June 21 crash of a skydiving A90 and 10 on June 30 of a Model 350. Two more fatal crashes in the same month included a Cessna Conquest that crashed on June 10 killing the pilot and sole occupant, and the in-flight breakup on June 7 of a turboprop converted Piper Malibu that resulted in four fatalities. A midair collision between two tour aircraft took the life of one person in a de Havilland Turbine Otter and all five people in a piston-powered de Havilland Beaver on May 13.