Business Aviation Accidents Increase Compared with Last Year

Business Jet Traveler » December 2006
Saturday, December 2, 2006 - 4:00am

Business jets were involved in 18 nonfatal and three fatal accidents during the first nine months of 2006, compared with 16 nonfatal and one fatal accident in the same period last year. Despite the increase in fatal accidents, the number of deaths remained the same, at eight persons, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling of Boca Raton, Fla. Meanwhile, accidents involving business turboprops increased from 10 in the first three quarters of last year to 13 this year, but fatalities decreased from 32 to 24 for the same time periods.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy