[ View menu ]

Beware the CRJ

Filed in Ideas
Subscribe to Decision Science News by Email (one email per week, easy unsubscribe)



There is a kind of plane known as a Canadair Regional Jet. CRJ for short.

We have been booked on CRJs 6 times in the past 3 years.

All were short hops.

All were to or from podunk airports.

All were American Eagle flights.

Five of those six flights were cancelled. Mechanical reasons.

We want to give advice.

We don’t know whether to advise avoiding short hops, podunk airports, American Eagle, or the CRJ.

Or some combination.

We want to blame the CRJ.

Beware the CRJ.


  1. michael webster says:

    As a Canadian, who was flown many times out of Buffalo, I am moved by your plight.

    Blame the Eagle.

    May 23, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

  2. Zach B says:


    This is a list of crashes by CRJ’s (all models; there are at least four different types). Looks like a pretty short list: seven accidents in 17 years, not all of which resulted in fatalities.

    I’m not aware of how many of these planes are in the air, or how many sorties each have flown, so it’s difficult to know the base rate. However, it doesn’t appear to be an inherently unsafe aircraft.

    May 25, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

  3. dan says:

    Zach – Good to know! You may get there late, but you’ll get there 🙂

    May 25, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

RSS feed Comments

Write Comment

XHTML: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>