Business Aviation Accident Stats Show a Mixed Picture

Business Jet Traveler » April 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 5:00am

Business aviation accidents and incidents declined from 60 in 2006 to 56 in 2007, but fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets and turboprops increased to 18 from 17, according to the latest annual report by aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. Fatalities also increased, from 38 to 53.  These numbers include 31 Part 135 charter accidents last year (10 fatal accidents and 27 fatalities), compared with 21 accidents the year before (seven fatal accidents and 10 fatalities).

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

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