Crashes Outside U.S. Driving U.S.-Registered Bizjet Accident Numbers
Accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets while operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in both the numbers of fatal and non-fatal crashes in the first half of this year. N-registered business jets were involved in three fatal accidents (killing 14 people) in the first half of this year versus one fatal crash (killing four people) in the first half of last year, while the number of non-fatal accidents increased slightly from 18 to 19 over the same period. According to preliminary figures compiled by AIN, two of the three fatal crashes (all in the first quarter) involved U.S.-registered jets while operating outside the United States. The additional non-fatal crash involved a U.S.-registered jet operating as a private flight in Venezuela in the second quarter. There were zero accidents of non-U.S. registered business jets in the first half compared to three fatal accidents (killing 12 people) and three non-fatal accidents of non-U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of 2011. The number of non-fatal accidents involving N-registered business turboprops mirrored exactly the jet figures, with 19 in the first half of this year versus 18 in the same period last year. But turboprop fatalities decreased—seven people died in two fatal accidents in the first half of this year compared with 13 fatalities in four accidents in the first half of last year. The majority of U.S.-registered jet and turboprop accidents occurred while operating under Part 91. There were no fatal Part 135 jet or turboprop accidents in the first half of this year.