The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Embraer EMB-135 and -145 as a result of a lightning strike that hit an airplane tail boom, causing rear bulkhead parts to jam an elevator control rod. The AD requires installing or reworking metallic diverters and aluminum sheets; modifying the lights assembly on the rear movable fairing of the tail boom; and replacing the hood assembly and rerouting its electrical harness. Currently lightning strikes may cause certain parts to contact the airplane pitch control system, resulting in reduced airplane controllability.
FAA Proposes Embraer EMB-135/-145 Airworthiness Directive
- August 1, 2012, 12:40 PM