Grand Junction Pilot Survives Small Plane Crash In River
A Grand Junction pilot is alive after his small plane crashed near the Colorado-Utah border.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, the 37-year-old pilot was conscious and sustained only minor injuries after his plane went down Saturday in the Colorado River in Knowles Canyon. He was reportedly flying from Moab to Grand Junction.
The 2-seater Cub ended up upside down in shallow water near the state line. According to the FAA, the pilot was trying to land the plane on a sand bar but struck a cable that flipped the plane over and into the river.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Lower Valley Fire Protection District, Mesa County Search and Rescue, and a Centurylink helicopter were all involved in rescue efforts at the crash site.