U.S. Bizjet Accident Fatalities Fall 62 Percent in 2017

Fonte: Data researched by AIN

The number of fatalities from U.S.-registered business jet accidents fell 62.5 percent last year, from eight in 2016 to three in 2017, despite the fact that the number of fatal crashes was unchanged at two for both years, according to preliminary data researched by AIN. All four of these fatal accidents over the two-year period occurred under Part 91.

However, fatal accidents involving non-U.S.-registered business jets doubled from two in 2016 to four last year, and the number of fatalities tripled from six to 19. This includes two fatal crashes during private operations in each of the comparable periods, but in 2017 one fatal accident occurred under charter operations and in another nine people perished in an “official state flight.”

Fatalities involving U.S.-registered business turboprops fell from 28 in 2016 to 20 last year, although the nine fatal accidents were unchanged from the year earlier. Fatal turboprop accidents under Part 91 increased to seven from four, while those under Part 135 decreased by 50 percent-from four to two-and the number of fatalities in air taxi mishaps plunged from 12 to four.

Fatal accidents of non-U.S.-registered business turboprops did not compare well to their U.S. counterpart. There were 12 crashes fatal to 58 last year, compared with eight crashes that took the lives of 27 in 2016. Year over year, the number of those killed increased considerably in both private and charter operations, even after the number of charter fatal accidents fell from four to three.

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