Challenger 600 Accident Statement

Everyone at Bombardier Aerospace is saddened by the accident of the Challenger 600 large business jet on Wednesday, February 02, in Teterboro, New Jersey. Our thoughts are with those injured, and their families.

Bombardier Aerospace is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigators, and has a team on-site to assist the NTSB with their investigation.

It should be noted that the widebody Bombardier Challenger business jet has an excellent safety record. Over a five-year period between 1999 and 2003:
- The Challenger 601/604 series has an accident rate of only 1 accident for every 1,000,000 flight hours.
- This rate is almost five times better than the average business jet fleet accident rate of 4.8 accidents per 1,000,000 flight hours.
- This rate is better than the average accident rate for U.S.-registered airlines.

Since entering corporate service in December 1980, over 637 aircraft have accumulated more than 2.7 million flight hours and logged more than 1.7 million departures.
The Bombardier Challenger business jet fleet demonstrates superior reliability
- Challenger fleet dispatch reliability over the past year was consistently over 99%.
- Bombardier Challenger aircraft perform over 395 take offs daily around the world.

Bombardier Challenger Program Overview

For information:
Leo Knaapen
Manager, Media Relations
[email protected]