U.S. Fatal Bizav Accidents Drop in 1Q, but Rise Globally
The total number of U.S.-registered business turbine accidents in the first quarter of this year was one fewer than in the same period last year, but the number of fatalities in turboprop crashes increased. According to data compiled by AIN, nine jets and 11 turboprops were involved in accidents in the first quarter, compared with four jets and 13 turboprops in the first three months of last year. In the first quarter, there were no fatal business jet accidents versus one in the preceding first quarter that killed two (a Part 135 operator on a positioning flight operating under Part 91). Turboprops experienced three fatal accidents in each of the comparative first quarters, but the number of fatalities increased from seven last year to 11 this year. All three recent fatal turboprop mishaps occurred under Part 91 operations. In the rest of the world, business aircraft accidents during the first quarter were much deadlier than a year ago–two fatalities then versus 35 this year. Two pilots were killed in February 2010 when their Citation crashed in Germany. But in the first three months of this year, nine people died in two business jet accidents and 26 were killed in four turboprop mishaps.