The Piper PA 18-150 pilot was attempting to takeoff from a public street in Wasilla, Alaska, but the airplane would not climb, and struck a light pole, sustaining substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.
The pilot stated that he failed to remove heavy frost from the airplane prior to the takeoff attempt.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s improper preflight inspection, and failure to remove heavy frost from the airplane prior to attempting a takeoff.
NTSB Identification: ANC13CA107
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.