Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N786CP: Accident occurred March 17, 2021 at Colorado Air and Space Port Airport (KCFO), Watkins, Adams County, Colorado

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Civil Air Patrol

Location: Watkins, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA160
Date & Time: March 17, 2021, 21:26 UTC
Registration: N786CP
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N786CP
Model/Series: 172 S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCFO,5515 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Centennial, CO (KAPA)
Destination: Watkins, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.793705,-104.54734 (est)


  1. Glad they got this back on the ground with hardly any damage. Could have been much worse. I admire these volunteer pilots who risk their lives conducting important missions for our country. I think they should have newer planes to fly to prevent problems that occur when dealing with their aging fleet. Congress needs to increase the funding so CAP can continue saving the lives of Americans.

    1. I have personally flown this plane (actually did my CFI check ride in it). It was a 2015 172S G1000, probably the nicest 172 I have ever flown. Believe me when I tell you that the age of the aircraft was not a factor in the incident.

    2. The CAP has many newer airplanes. Your are wrong.

  2. Who loses control of a 172 on takeoff?

    Civil air patrol

  3. I bought this airplane and am close to returning it to service. New engine, wings, propeller,

    1. Will it be for personal use or a flight school?