The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll in Mackinac Island, Mich., the Cessna 182T visually appeared and felt to be accelerating normally, but the airspeed indicator never increased above 40 knots. He aborted the takeoff when the plane was halfway down the runway.
He used brakes to decelerate, but the 182 was skidding on the wet runway. He was unable to stop and went off the runway and hit a wood fence, which resulted in substantial damage to the right elevator.
Examination of the airplane found the pitot tube was filled with debris. According to the operator, the airplane was not equipped with a pitot tube cover.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s delayed response to abort the takeoff, which resulted in an excursion and collision with a fence. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to check the pitot tube for debris during preflight.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA469
This August 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.