NTSB Identification: FTW95WA227
Accident occurred Saturday, May 06, 1995 in SOTO CANO, Honduras
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 550, registration: N26496
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 6, 1995, at 1630 eastern standard time, a Cessna 550, N26496, received substantial damage when it struck an arresting cable on takeoff roll at Soto Cano, Honduras. The pilot, copilot, and one passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the planned cross-country flight to Panama City, Panama.

The pilot reported that, when he saw the arresting gear, the airplane was traveling at a speed over 70 knots and his "closure rate on the cable was too high to abort and not still run over" the cable. In his written report the pilot reported that he forgot that the cable was there. After takeoff, the cabin would not pressurize and the airplane returned to Sato Cano for landing. Inspection revealed that the UHF antenna had been struck and ruptured the pressure vessel.

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