Friday, May 24, 2019

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight, N1568J: Accident occurred May 23, 2019 near Aero Country Airport (T31) McKinney, Collin County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas
Piper Aircraft, Inc; Vero Beach, Florida
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: McKinney, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA150
Date & Time: 05/23/2019, 1710 CDT
Registration: N1568J
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 23, 2019, about 1710 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N1568J, impacted a residential house after departing the Aero Country Airport (T31), McKinney, Texas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries and a child in the residence received minor injuries. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight at the time.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported the airplane was on a local flight and then returned to the airport. The airplane landed hard, bounced, then landed and bounced again, before a go-around attempt was made. The airplane veered right and just cleared the airport hangars, before striking with the roof of a storage facility, and impacting the house.

Inspection of the airplane noted substantial damage the fuselage, including the cabin area, and both wings. The right wing's fuel tank was breached during the accident, and about 13 gallons of fuel was recovered from the left wing fuel tank.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1568J
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTKI
Observation Time: 1653 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 21 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McKinney, TX (T31)
Destination: McKinney, TX (T31)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  33.204444, -96.746667 (est)

McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The wreckage of a small plane that crashed Thursday evening, still rests in the backyard of the McKinney family’s home.

That family is still shaken after the plane came within a few feet of where their four children were playing inside the house in the 200 block of Black Bear Drive.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee took off from the Aero Country Airport just down the street from the house.

“I’m very emotional,” said homeowner Jamillah Foster. “This is crazy and it could’ve been way more tragic. I’m grateful, but I’m still shaken up.”

This family was preparing for cookouts and gatherings during the Memorial Day weekend.

But due to the significant structural damage to the home, they’ve been forced out and are starting to realize they may not be allowed back in anytime soon.

Some of Marlon and Jamillah Foster’s children were only a few feet from the wreckage.

One of them has scratches on his face after running away from it, but otherwise they are doing OK.

“I’m happy the way things ended,” said Marlon Foster. “I’m just not happy the way things are going forward right now. When are we going to get in the house? What’s going on?”

Authorities have yet to release the identities or conditions of the pilot and passenger, one of whom was not able to walk away.

On Friday, the Fosters were helping neighbors carpool kids to school despite the hardships they now face.

Authorities say they plan to bring in a crane and remove the wreckage Saturday morning after the family says they were initially told it could be several days.

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On Thursday, the McKinney Fire Department confirmed that a small plane crashed into a home in the 200 block of Black Bear Drive around 5 p.m.

On Friday, McKinney police passed around fliers alerting residents that a large crane will be coming throuh their neighborhood Saturday morning to remove the wreckage. The process is expected to begin by 9 a.m. and could take several hours to complete.

In the meantime, police continue to guard the home as the family who was living there stays elsewhere due to the damage and investigation. No one on the ground was hurt, but the two people on the plane were taken to a nearby hospital. Both are female pilots. 

The FAA confirmed that the plane was a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee. It's registered to one of the pilots, a Plano resident in her 60's. She remains hospitalized with significant injuries, along with the second victim who is said to be in critical condition.

It's unclear whether the pair was taking off or attempting to land at Aero Country Airport, which is about a quarter of a mile from the home.

Officials from the FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash.

Homeowner Jamillah Foster says she was in the house with her three young kids at the time of the crash. 

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“Before I could even understand that a plane had come through my house, I didn’t know what happened. I just knew something wasn’t right. It was debris everywhere and where were my kids?” said Jamillah Foster. 

Though all three were safe, Foster's youngest was sitting just 10 feet from the wreckage. She says the 1-year-old was watching cartoons on a TV on the wall the plane crashed into. 

"He was facing the wall that the plane crashed into... just facing it. And that’s the part that just had me… for a while, because that could’ve been tragic," said Foster.

According to officials, Foster's family will stay with friends for the duration of the investigation and repairs. 

Meanwhile, neighbors are eager for information about the cause of the crash and what if anything can be done to keep it from happening again. 

“I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen next week. Is this going to be addressed in a meaningful way? We don’t know," said Harshitha Holmes.

Gary Gilchrist lives three doors down from Foster. He worries because this isn't the first plane crash in the area. A mid-air collision killed three people in McKinney on New Year's Eve in 2016.

"It makes you think. The one two years ago, it was close enough, but then to be three doors down. That's really close," he said.

Aero Country Airport doesn't have a control tower. It was built decades ago in what used to be empty fields. It's now surrounded by new development. Many homeowners knowingly moved nearby, but not all realized the risk at the time.

"It does make me question now with all the growth and the population, if it's safe for it to be here," Gilchrist said.

The airport is privately run. NBC 5 reached out to its management for comment and so far, has gotten no response.

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An aircraft crashed into a McKinney home near a small airport Thursday, injuring the two people who were on board, officials say. 

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee crashed about 5:15 p.m. into a house in the 200 block of Black Bear Drive. No one on the ground or in the home was injured, a McKinney Fire Department spokeswoman said. 

Both people in the plane were taken to the hospital. 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are sending investigators to the location. 

The home is near the Aero Country Airport, a privately owned public-use airport in unincorporated Collin County, according to its website. 

Cory said the plane crashed a quarter-mile from the airport, but it's unclear whether it had left from the airport or was heading there. 

A resident of the home, Jamillah Foster, said that she and her family were "just getting ready for dinner, the same old stuff we do every day" when they heard a loud crash outside. 

"I came around the corner instantly," Foster said. "It was kind of disorienting because I wasn't expecting to see what I saw in my home and all the bricks all over the floor. It was just very scary. Thank God everybody was OK."

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Mark said...

200 block of Black Bear Drive.

Anonymous said...

The plane came down in a location that is abeam the numbers, for a left downwind to runway 35.

Jim Ratcliff said...

Compared to the number of airports in the world, very few have air traffic control towers.

After 54 years in aviation, people amaze me. Cars & trucks run off of the roads & highways into houses & businesses. I never hear anyone ask if it is really safe for the road to be there. I have heard home owners in neighborhoods that came after an airport was there, demanding to close the airport.

Even as a a teenager I could see much of society does not know how infrastructure & especially transportation systems operate & their associated laws. Ignorance is the norm & the media does not help.