No Fatal U.S. Bizjet Accidents in first Nine Months

 - October 4, 2022, 10:24 AM
U.S.-registered business jets were fatal accident free in the first nine months, but three accidents involving non-U.S-registered jets killed 14. (Photo: Mark Wagner/AIN)

No fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets were recorded in the first nine months, according to preliminary statistics gathered by AIN. This compares with five fatal accidents that claimed 19 lives in the same period last year. However, there were 16 nonfatal accidents of U.S.-registered business jets in the first three quarters, up from 13 in the same period a year ago.

Non-U.S. registered business jets suffered three crashes in which 14 occupants died in the first nine months of 2022, compared with a single accident that killed one person in the same period in 2021. Investigations are ongoing into these three accidents: a June 22 crash of a Venezuelan-registered Learjet 55C that killed six; a July 1 crash of an Argentinian-registered Learjet 35A that killed four; and the Austrian-registered Cessna Citation II/SP that plunged into the Baltic Sea near Latvia on September 4, with all four onboard presumed dead.

In the first nine months of this year, six accidents of U.S.-registered turboprops killed 25 people, compared to seven accidents fatal to 16 in the like period last year. All but one of the fatal accidents of both comparable periods occurred under Part 91.