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Bombardier CRJ-200 Plane Specs August 27, 2006

Posted by Matsu in News and politics, Technology.
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This is a follow-up to this post about the terrible airplane crash that happened a few hours ago.

The airplane manufacturers’ web site has the following specs for the distance required for takeoff and landing of a Bombadier CRJ200:

CRJ200 ER
FAR take-off field length (SL, ISA) at MTOW 5,800 ft 1,768 m
FAR 121 landing field length (SL) at MLW 4,850 ft 1,479 m

CRJ200 LR (long range)
FAR take-off field length (SL, ISA) at MTOW 6,290 ft 1,918 m
FAR landing field length (SL) at MLW 4,850 ft 1,479 m

Based on this information, the plane requires 5,800 feet (1,768 meters) to get off the ground. Given that, the length of the runway used at Bluegrass Field Airport becomes an important factor.

According to this web site, there are two runways at the airport, one that’s the main runway is very long, and then a shorter runway. Runway 26 is the shorter runway and the one that was reportedly used by Delta Comair Flight 5191. The length of runway 26 is 3,500 feet. Significantly less than what the manufacturer recommends for the plane.

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1. sallymac - September 1, 2006

I haven’t verified this, but they were talking about the same statistics on Sunday (the day of the accident) and they later cam on an semi-repudiated themselves. According to the local CBS affiliate, these numbers and the FAA standards and include a length of distance for stopping if something goes wrong. So the actual length needed to get to “rotate,” that is the speed required to take off, is less than 5,800. However, it’s still quite a bit more than the 3,500 they actually had on runway 26.


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