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Embraer 145 Lightning Strike Leads to Redesign

An Embraer EMB-145LR operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. received minor damage when it sustained a lightning strike at the O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The crew found damage to the tailcone of the aircraft during a post-flight inspection. On-scene images revealed that an internal bulkhead frame came to rest on the elevator bellcrank which limited the elevator movement during landing.

Subsequent to the incident, Embraer redesigned the tailcone also known as a Tail Boom Faring.