The pilot of a Piper Cub airplane crashed Saturday while attempting to land on a sandbar in the Colorado River near the Utah-Colorado border.
The 37-year-old pilot hit a cable and then flipped over partially in the river in Knowles Canyon. He survived with minor injuries, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s office. The pilot was flying from Moab to Grand Junction, where the pilot lives.
He was able to call an acquaintance who alerted authorities at 11:06 a.m. The beacon on the single-engine, two-seat aircraft led rescuers to the crash site, which was only accessible by boat or helicopter, according to the Mesa County Sheriff.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Traffic Safety Board are investigating.