On the evening of 13 October 2007, an Embraer-Empresa Brasilia
EMB-120 ER, registered VH-EEB, was taxiing at Sydney Kingsford
Smith Airport, NSW, to take off on a freight charter flight to
Melbourne, Vic. The aircraft was lined up with the left edge of the
runway. Shortly after the take-off roll commenced, the crew
reported feeling two or three bumps on the runway, after which time
the crew's attention was drawn to an electrical burning smell in
the cockpit, followed by a high-speed warning. The smell dispersed
and the flight continued as normal to Melbourne.
Pre-flight checks for the return flight to Sydney revealed
damage to the aircraft, which was subsequently found to have been
caused by impact with the runway edge lighting on the left side of
Sydney runway 16R, where the aircraft had started its take-off run.
The aircraft was grounded at Melbourne for repair.