The number of fatalities in U.S.-registered business jet accidents last year was the highest since 2008, according to statistics compiled by AIN using data from official accident investigative bodies from around the world.
The number of fatalities in U.S.-registered business jet accidents last year was the highest it has been since 2008, according to statistics compiled by AIN using data from worldwide accident investigation branches. Last year, 24 people were killed in five accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets, compared with four fatalities in one accident in 2011. The last year in which the number of fatalities exceeded 24 was in 2008, when 27 people were killed in seven accidents.
In the first nine months of 2012, the number of accidents involving both U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased over numbers recorded in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, the total number of nonfatal N-registered business jet mishaps increased slightly from 21 in the first three quarters of 2011 to 23 in the same period this year. Fatal accidents climbed from one event last year to four this year, and fatalities jumped from four last year to 17 this year.
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.
Accidents involving U.S.-registered jets operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in the total number of mishaps in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.
This year’s first quarter was the deadliest for U.S.-registered business jets since 15 people were killed in four accidents in the first quarter of 2008. According to statistics gathered by AIN, in the first three months of this year 14 people were killed in three accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets.
Fatal and nonfatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets increased notably in the first quarter, compared with the same time frame last year. Alternatively, non-U.S.-registered business jets had no accidents in the first quarter versus six in the year-ago period.
The helicopter accident rate in the Gulf of Mexico has been decreasing since 2007, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. For the years 2000 to 2009, an average of 8.2 helicopter accidents occurred in the Gulf of Mexico annually. Poor decision-making by pilots accounted for 47 percent of fatal accidents, while loss of engine power was the cause of one-third of all fatal crashes.
Eurocopter BK 117 C-2, Albert Lea, Minn., Jan. 1, 2011–The NTSB found the pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection of the engine cowling latches resulted in the opening of the cowling door in flight and subsequent damage to the main rotor blades.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Chickasha, Okla., April 11, 2011–The National Transportation Safety Board found that the mechanic’s improper installation of the aileron was the cause of its partial detachment from the King Air during flight.