The number of accidents involving business jets increased in 2012, after a particularly bad year for US-registered jets, according to latest report from Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Fatal business jet accidents in 2012
Business jets were involved in six (not seven, as previously reported) fatal accidents in 2012 – the highest number since 2008 – and 21 non-fatal accidents. This was up from a total of 25 accidents in 2011, of which four were fatal.
These six accidents resulted in 25 fatalities, according to aviation data provider, Ascend, which was up from 16 last year.
Four of last year’s fatal accidents involved US-registered business jets – up from none last year – which is also the highest number since 2008. Only one of the accidents involving US-registered occurred on US soil, with the other three happening in the Congo, France and Mexico.
Non-US registered business jets fared better in 2012, as the number of fatal accidents dropped by two, whilst the number of non-fatal accidents remained at seven.
The number of aircraft “incidents” not categorised as accidents also fell worldwide.