Posted on December 1st, 2018
U.S.-registered business jets experienced significantly fewer total accidents and fatalities last year versus 2012, but the number of fatalities in U.S. business turboprop accidents more than tripled year over year, according to preliminary statistics gathered by AIN.
There was no improvement in the number of fatalities in accidents of non-N-numbered turbine business airplanes over the past two years. Corporate jets on the U.S. registry were involved in 14 accidents last year, compared with 34 in 2012. Although there were six fatal accidents in 2013, which was one more than in 2012, the number of fatalities dropped to 17 from 24. All six fatal crashes last year occurred under Part 91.
According to the preliminary data, turboprops on the U.S. registry incurred 28 nonfatal crashes last year versus 37 in 2012, but 45 people were killed in 15 accidents last year compared with 15 fatalities in seven mishaps in 2012. Two of the fatal crashes last year involved on-demand Part 135 charter operations with the remainder occurring in private Part 91 operations. Read the full story by Gordon Gilbert