Small Regional Prop Favored by Airlines

The kind of Continental aircraft that crashed outside Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday night has a generally good safety record, although a series of crashes in 2007 led one major airline to abandon it for other kinds of aircraft. The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 is a small twin-engine turboprop used by regional airlines for flights of 500 miles or less. The Canadian plane is popular for its low operating costs. The props fly almost as fast as jets -- its cruising speed is 414 miles per hour -- but it uses...Full Story
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