According to the pilot, he was conducting an off-airport landing to a river sandbar near Mack, Colorado, when he noticed wires in his approach path.
He pushed forward on the CubCrafters CC11-160’s stick to lower the nose and avoid the wires, however the plane touched down in the river just short of the sand bar and nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing strut.
The pilot reported that the accident could have been avoided if he had reconnoitered the area for obstacles before beginning the approach.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to reconnoiter the approach area in preparation for an off-airport landing on a sandbar, which necessitated an evasive maneuver to avoid wires and resulted in an unintentional landing in the river short of the sandbar and a subsequent nose-over.
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This March 2020 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.