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The Bombardier CRJ100 (formerly known as the Canadair CRJ100) is a regional airliner designed and manufactured by Bombarider Aerospace.

The CRJ family was based on the Bombardier Challenger 600 series business jets. An initial effort to produce a larger 36-seat version of the business jet was terminated in 1981. Shortly after Canadair was privatized and sold to Bombardier, the project resumed. The Canadair Regional Jet program was launched in 1989. On May 10, 1991, the first of three CRJ100 prototypes conducted its maiden flight. The CRJ100 entered service in 1992 with Lufthansa.

In 2006, Bombardier Aerospace stopped producing the CRJ100 and its variant the CRJ200. However, most CRJ100s and 200s remain in service to this date, and several airlines have modernized their fleets to support extended service.



The CRJ100 is the original 50-seat version. It features General Electric CF34-3A1 engines. Operators include Air Georgian and RwandAir, among others.


Passenger-to-freighter conversion.


Long range version.


Executive passenger conversion.

Accidents and incidents[]

  • On 16 December 1997, Air Canada Flight 646, a Bombardier CRJ-100, crashed on a go-around at Greater Fredericton Airport in Fredericton, New Brunswick. No fatalities were reported.
  • On 22 June 2003, Air France Flight 5672 with registration F-GRJS from Nantes to Brest, France, crashed 2.3 miles short and 0.3 miles to the left of the runway when attempting a landing at Brest's airport. The aircraft's captain was the sole fatality.
  • On 27 August 2006, Comair Flight 5191, marketed as Delta Connection Flight 5191, a Bombardier CRJ-100ER, crashed during takeoff from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. There were 49 fatalities, with only the severely injured first officer surviving.
  • On 20 May 2007, an Air Canada Jazz Bombardier CRJ-100 which originated in Moncton, New Brunswick, was substantially damaged when its landing gear collapsed after landing at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ). There were no injuries to any crew or passengers. Flight AC8911 departed Moncton (YQM) on a domestic flight to Toronto. The aircraft landed on runway 6 right with a 90 degree crosswind from the left, gusting from 13 to 23 knots. The aircraft first contacted the runway in a left-wing-down sideslip. The left main landing gear struck the runway first and the aircraft sustained a sharp lateral side load before bouncing. Once airborne again, the flight and ground spoilers deployed and the aircraft landed hard. Both main landing gear trunnion fittings failed and the landing gear collapsed. The aircraft remained upright, supported by the landing gear struts and wheels. The aircraft slid down the runway and exited via the Delta 3 taxiway, where the passengers deplaned. There was no fire. There were no injuries to the crew; some passengers reported minor injuries as a result of the hard landing.
  • On 13 February 2008, Belavia Flight 1834, a Bombardier CRJ-100LR, crashed and flipped-over during takeoff at Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, Armenia. Most passengers suffered some burns, and four were taken to the hospital. No fatalities were reported.
  • On 12 November 2009, RwandAir Flight 205, a Bombardier CRJ-100, crashed into a VIP terminal shortly after an emergency landing at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda; out of the ten passengers and five crew members, one passenger died.
  • On 17 March 2011, Jetlink Express Bombardier CRJ 100, flight JO 752 from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport veered off the runway at Kisumu Airport while attempting to land in light rain and misty weather. The aircraft stopped safely a few metres from the shores of Lake Victoria. There were no fatalities.
  • On 4 April 2011, a Georgian Airways Canadair CRJ-100ER 4L-GAE operating under an UN mission as flight 834 from Bangoka International Airport, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo to N'djili Airport missed the runway on landing at Kinshasa. The aircraft subsequently broke into pieces and caught fire. Only one survivor is reported out of 29 passengers and 4 crew. The airport was experiencing torrential rain, thunderstorms and low visibility at the time.


  • Crew: 3-4 : 2 Flight Crew + 1-2 cabin crew
  • Seating capacity: 50
  • Cabin height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
  • Cabin width: 8 ft 3 in (2.53 m)
  • Length: 87 ft 10 in (26.77 m)
  • Wingspan: 69 ft 6 in (21.21 m)
  • Height: 20 ft 8 in (6.22 m)
  • Wing area: 520.4 sq ft (48.35 sq m)
  • Fuselage diameter: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
  • Operating empty: 30,500 lb (13,835 kg)
  • Max payload: 13,500 lb (6,124 kg)
  • Max fuel: 2,135 US Gal (8,081 L) / 14,305 lb (6,489 kg)
  • MTOW: ER: 51,000 lb (23,133 kg) / LR: 53,000 lb (24,041 kg)
  • Engines (2x): GE CF34-3A1
  • Takeoff thrust (2x): 8,729 lb (38.84 kN)
  • 50 pax range: ER: 1,305 nm (2,417 km) / LR: 1,650 nm (3,056 km)
  • Normal cruise: M0.74 : 785 km.h (424 kn)
  • High-speed cruise: M0.81 : 860 km/h (460 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,496 m)
  • Takeoff (SL, ISA, MTOW) ER : 5,800 ft (1,770 m) / LR : 6,290 ft (1,920 m)
  • Landing (SL, MLW): 4,850 ft (1,480 m)