There is a developing consensus, though far from universal, that regional jets are prone to lightning strikes. The controversyrevolves not around the potential to be hit but the proclivity, not around safety but economics. When an aircraft gets hit by lightning, sometimes theres severe damage, says Martin Elliott, director of in-service engineering and technical support at Bombardier. It can be out of service for quite a long time. Consider that in 2004, 41 CRJs flown by Atlantic ...

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