The pilot of the Cessna 206 was approaching to land on a private unimproved runway near Sabinal, Texas. The field immediately adjacent to the landing area had been recently plowed.
He was landing into the direction of the rising sun, which was just coming over the horizon as he was making his approach. He mistakenly identified a plowed portion of the field for the intended landing area and proceeded to land on it.
As he touched down, he noticed the landing area was softer than it should have been, so he kept the nose wheel off the ground as long as he could.
The nosewheel finally set down in the soft dirt and dug in, resulting in the airplane flipping over on its back. Both of the airplane’s wings, vertical stabilizer, and rudder received substantial damage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to properly identify the airstrip, which resulted in him landing in soft soil, causing the nose over.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA206
This February 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.