NTSB Identification: ANC90LA186.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42871.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 22, 1990 in DELTA JUNCTION, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/08/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N2518A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT HAD JUST FLOWN THROUGH RAIN & SNOW BEFORE LANDING ON THE GRAVEL STRIP. AFTER ABOUT 5 MINUTES ON THE GROUND, HE NOTICED THAT THE RAIN & SNOW WERE FREEZING ON THE AIRPLANE'S SURFACES, WHICH HE WIPED OFF BEFORE ATTEMPTING THE TAKEOFF. AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE AIRPLANE WOULD ONLY CLIMB TO ABOUT 2 FT AGL. THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR HIT A LOG DURING THE ABORTED TAKEOFF.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE REMOVAL OF SNOW AND ICE PRIOR TO TAKEOFF.

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