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. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
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.