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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 6 May 1995
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation II
Operator:United States Department of Homeland Security
Registration: N26496
C/n / msn: 550-0607
First flight: 1989
Total airframe hrs:9696
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Comayagua-Palmerola Air Base (XPL) (   Honduras)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Comayagua-Palmerola Air Base (XPL/MHCG), Honduras
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
Narrative:
A Cessna 550 Citation II, N26496, received substantial damage when it struck an arresting cable on takeoff roll at Comayagua-Palmerola Air Base (XPL), Honduras.
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.

Probable Cause:

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the arresting gear, resulting in the aircraft striking an arresting cable. The pilot's complacency was a factor.

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Comayagua-Palmerola Air Base to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 1071 km (669 miles).

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