January 9th, 2012|
January 9, 2012
U.S. fixed-wing business aircraft operators posted a slightly worse safety record in 2011 than in 2010, according to the latest information released by safety expert Robert E. Breiling Associates in Aviation Week.
U.S.-registered business jets and turboprop operations combined for 57 accidents–13 of which were fatal–in 2011. This is up from the 48 accidents (including seven fatal) in 2010.
The number of accidents involving business jets climbed from 10 in 2010 to 13 last year. The Breiling report does not include the April 2011 fatal crash of a Gulfstream G650, as it was an experimental flight rather than a business operation.
The business turboprop fleet was involved in 44 accidents, compared with 38 in 2010. The number of fatal business turboprop accidents more than doubled from six in 2010 to 13 last year.
Amateur-operated turboprop accidents accounted for half of the fleet accidents–totaling 22.
Three Socata TBM-700s flown non-professionally were involved in fatal accidents that resulted in seven fatalities. Other fatal business aircraft accidents involved a Piper PA-46, Cessna 441, Cessna 206, two de Havilland DHC-6s, a DHC-3, a Grumman Turboprop Goose and an AC-690 Commander.
What do you think of these statistics for the U.S. business aircraft safety record?