2011 safest ever year for business jets
The rate of fatal accidents involving business jets slipped from around one per 3,300 aircraft in 2010 to one in 5,000 aircraft, according to data from aviation information company Ascend. This made 2011 the safest year ever for business jets, as the fatal accident rate throughout the 2000s had been one per 900 aircraft, whilst the previous decade was higher, at one per 600 aircraft.
Ascend says the rate of turboprops accidents increased from one per 1,400 aircraft to one in 830. Whilst 2011 was a comparatively bad year for turboprops, it was still in keeping with the overall trend for an improving accident rate, which has been decreasing for the past 20 years – though not as fast as for business jets.
Rate of fatal accidents*
*Fatal accidents per 100 aircraft at risk.
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