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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.

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General details
Date: 13 October 2007 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1930 EST  
Location   (show map):Sydney Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 10 March 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica 
Aircraft model: EMB-120 
Aircraft registration: VH-EEB 
Serial number: 120.117 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Departure time:1930 EST
Destination:Melbourne, Vic
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerATPL1302000
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Last update 18 April 2018