Tuesday, March 10, 2020

CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS, N78BK: Accident occurred March 07, 2020 in Mack, Mesa County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Diamond M Aero LLC


NTSB Identification: CEN20CA116
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Mack, CO
Aircraft: CubCrafters CC11-160, registration: N78BK

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft while attempting to land on sand bar, struck a cable and flipped over in river. 

Date: 07-MAR-20

Time: 18:05:00Z
Regis#: N78BK
Aircraft Make: CubCrafters
Aircraft Model: CC11-160
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MACK

MESA COUNTY, Colorado  (KKCO)- Search teams have extracted the pilot from Knowles Canyon via the Centurylink helicopter, and have brought him back to the staging area at Rabbit Valley.

The pilot did not receive any major injuries according to our crew on the scene.

The man was traveling from Moab to Grand Junction according to the Sheriff's Office. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was attempting to land on a sand bar but struck a cable, which flipped the plane into the river.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Lower Valley Fire Protection District, Mesa County Search and Rescue, and Centurylink helicopter all responded during the operation.

Boats were launched and a helicopter was used to help locate the pilot at the crash site, which was near the Colorado River in Knowles Canyon.

Rescue crews received the call from the pilot just after 11:00 a.m. The pilot was conscious and said that they received no major injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.nbc11news.com 

Local authorities conducted a successful rescue operation Saturday after a small plane crashed near the Utah-Colorado border.

The plane crashed near the Colorado River in Knowles Canyon.

The pilot, a 37-year-old male, suffered only minor injuries and is reported to be safe. He was flying from Moab, Utah, to Grand Junction when the plane crashed into the Colorado River, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.gjsentinel.com


  1. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  2. His daddy will buy him a new one.

  3. Just buzzing along the river like those youtube videos. Was skeptical that it was maybe a skim landing fail until was just able to see there really is a cable about 10 feet above the wheels in this photo:

    1. Looking closer, the cable is higher than it looks - goes to a pole stand in the background. No cable contact marks on the paint of plane. This was a water assisted landing nose-over. Look at the still photo that shows the approach view at the 50 second mark of this news video, unlikely that he had hung up on the wire and left no marks, such minor damage:


  4. Have to look for the poles assume there is a wire at least he wasn't hurt.