NTSB Identification: FTW00WA173
Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2000 in MIXCOLAJA, Guatemala
Aircraft: Cessna A185F, registration: N4871Q
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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

On May 26, 2000, at 1000 central standard time, a Cessna A185F airplane, N4871Q, was substantially damaged upon collision with terrain during takeoff from a dirt airstrip near Mixcolaja, Department of Quiche, in the Republic of Guatemala. The private pilot and the 3 passengers aboard the airplane sustained minor injuries. The 1978 model airplane was owned and operated by the Mennonite Air Mission of Denver, Pennsylvania. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the intended cross country flight for which a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident. The flight's destination was Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

According to a statement provided to the Guatemalan DGAC, the pilot reported that "the runway was very slippery due to recent rains in the area." The pilot added that full takeoff power was not applied until he passed some very muddy spots on the runway, resulting in an extended takeoff roll. The pilot closed the throttle and applied full braking to attempt to abort the takeoff. The airplane overran the departure end of the airstrip and fell to the bottom of a ravine.

The accident investigation is under the control and jurisdiction of the Government of the Republic of Guatemala. Additional information may be obtained from:

Republica de Guatemala Direccion General de Aviacion Civil Aeropuerto Internacional "La Aurora" Zona 13 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala Centro America

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the DGAC of the Republic of Mexico.

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