Fatal Plane Crashes and other
Significant Bombardier CRJ Events

The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving this aircraft model. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The passenger fatalities in the numbered events may be due to accidents, hijackings, sabotage, or military action. The events that are not numbered may or may not include fatalities, and are included because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com

    16 December 1997; Air Canada CRJ-100ER; Fredericton, Canada: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Toronto to Fredericton. Visibility at the arrival airport was limited by heavy fog. After the crew disconnected the autopilot shortly before touchdown, they attempted to abort the landing. The aircraft stalled and crashed during the attempted go-around. The aircraft contacted the ground to the left of the runway, crossed the runway, became briefly airborne after striking a ditch to the right of the runway, and finally came to rest after striking some trees. The aircraft was destroyed, but none of the three crew or 39 passengers were killed. This was not a fatal event as defined by AirSafe.com.

    22 June 2003; Brit Air CRJ-100ER; near Brest, France: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Nantes to Brest when it crashed about 2.3 km (1.4 mi) short of the runway at about 450 meters (0.3 mi) to the left of the extended centerline. The aircraft had descended below glideslope during the landing approach to the extent that the ground proximity warning system alerted the flight crew, but the crew was unable to keep the aircraft from touching down in a field short of the runway. Only the captain was unable to escape before the aircraft caught fire. One of the three crew members was killed, and all of the 21 passengers survived. This was not a fatal event as defined by AirSafe.com.

  1. 21 November 2004; China Yunnan Airlines (China Eastern) CRJ-200; Baotou, China: The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off on a scheduled domestic flight from Baotou to Shanghai. According to witnesses, the aircraft caught fire and suffered in in-flight breakup before crashing into a frozen lake about two kilometers (1.3 miles) from the runway. The six crew members and 47 passengers were all killed in the crash. Two people on the ground were also killed.
    Fatal Events for Airlines of the PRC
    Fatal Events for Airlines of Asia

  2. 27 August 2006; Delta Connection (Comair) CRJ-100; Lexington, KY: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Lexington, KY to Atlanta, GA. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff, about one half mile (800 m) from the end of the departure runway. The event occurred shortly before sunrise, and there was no reported precipitation at the time of the event. The aircraft took off on a shorter runway that is typically used by smaller private aircraft rather than the airport's main runway.
    Two of the three crew members and all 47 passengers were killed.
    Fatal events involving Delta Airlines
    Fatal events with a sole survivor

  3. 12 November 2009; RwandAir CRJ-100ER; Flight 205; Kigali, Rwanda: A RwandAir CRJ-100ER was on a scheduled flight from Kigali, Rwanda to Kampala, Uganda, ran into a terminal at the Kigali airport. The aircraft reportedly had and unspecified engine problem shortly after taking off and the crew returned to the airport. According to eyewitnesses, the plane first taxied to a parking position on the apron, but then accelerated, knocked over blast fences, and hit the the concrete wall of the airport building containing the VIP lounge. The nose gear collapsed and the forward portion of the aircraft penetrated the building up to about the position of the forward passenger doors. One of the three crew members and one of the 10 passengers were killed. Visit AirSafeNews.com for additional information and accident photos.

    4 April 2011; Georgian Airways Canadair CRJ-100; 4L-GAE; flight 834; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DNC): The aircraft was on a domestic unscheduled flight from Kisangani to N'Djili airport in Kinshasa, and was attempting an instrument approach to runway 24 around 14:00L during heavy rain and under low visibility conditions. The aircraft missed the runway, broke up, and caught fire. , and crashed into a forest while en route to its destination. There was one survivor among the four crew members and 29 passengers.

    At the time of the crash, the airplane operated on behalf of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Because this was not a regular airline flight, this crash was not counted as a fatal event as defined by AirSafe.com. This was also one of those rare airliner crashes with a sole survivor.

  4. 29 January 2013; SCAT Airlines Canadair CRJ-200ER; UP-CJ006; flight 760; Almaty, Kazakhstan: The aircraft was on a domestic scheduled flight from Kokshetau to Almaty, Kazakhstan, crashed during approach about five kilometres (3.1 mi) from the destination airport, near the village of Kyzyltu. All five crew members and 16 passengers were killed.
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CRJ Information from Wikipedia
Fatal Events by Model
Fatal Event Rates by Model

Fatal Plane Crashes and other Significant Bombardier CRJ Events
http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/crj.htm -- Revised: 5 February 2013