Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ground Strike - Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, NSW, 13 October 2007, VH-EEB, Embraer-Empresa Brasilia EMB-120 ER

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Status: Completed
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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Aerodrome    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 10 March 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 600 8000
Co-Pilot/1st Officer ATPL 130 2000
Last update 03 April 2020