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Cessna 400 Series

30

8

27

King Air 90/100/200/300

19

7

18

Piper PA31-42 Series

11

0

0

Cessna 208 Caravan

9

5

26

Swearingen SA-226, 227

6

2

11

Commander 500-600 Series

5

2

4

Mitsubishi MU2 Series

1

1

2

1998

Accidents

Fatal Accidents 7 7 4 4 3 3 1

Fatalities

Cessna 400 Series Piper PA31-42 Series King Air 90/100/200/300 Commander 500-600 Series Cessna 208 Caravan Swearingen SA-226, 227 Mitsubishi MU2 Series

17 17 13 12 8 4 2

31 12 16 7 3 17 2

1997

Accidents

Fatal Accidents

Fatalities

Cessna 400 Series

255

90

282

King Air 90/100/200/300

169

64

236

Piper PA31-42 Series

159

55

168

Cessna 208 Caravan

128

40

163

Commander 500-600 Series

86

34

92

Swearingen SA-226, 227

60

15

53

Mitsubishi MU2 Series

33

21

38

Fatalities

Fatal Accidents

Twelve Year Totals

(1997~12/9/2008)

Accidents

*Source: www.ntsb.gov (as of 12/9/2008)

Footnotes

  • (a)

    The Cessna 208 Caravan is the only single-engine aircraft in this table. However, it is commonly used in cargo carriage for missions similar to the cargo-configured MU2. It is also the only single aircraft type displayed in this table, with the rest of such aircraft being an entire series of aircraft.

  • (b)

    The manufacturer name for the Commander series at various entries appears as “Twin Commander”, “Rockwell Commander”, “Aero Commander” and “Gulfstream Commander”

  • (c)

    The manufacturer name for the King Air series appears as “Beechcraft”, “Beech”, “Raytheon”, “Raytheon Corporate Aircraft” or “Hawker Beechcraft”

  • (d)

    The manufacturer name for the SA-226 and 227 appears as “Swearingen”, “Fairchild” or “Fairchild Merlin”

  • (e)

    The NTSB includes two accidents (a fatal in 2003 and a non-fatal in 2007) where ground personnel walked into operating engine propellers while MU-2s were parked on the ramp, omitted here.

An astute reader of the aforementioned table will note that piston-engine aircraft from Cessna, Piper, and Commander have been included with the turbine-engine aircraft. If one is considering the risks to human life, or more than one, this is a legitimate comparison as the piston-engine versions offer no more utility than the turbine-engine versions save for lower cost (a legitimate reason to risk more loss of life?). One could bring helicopters and their horrible statistics in here, but helicopters offer obvious utility and capability not available from fixed-wing aircraft.

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