Saturday, April 24, 2021

Piper PA-28R-200, N2973R: Accident occurred April 17, 2021 near McKinney National Airport (KTKI), Collin County, Texas

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; Irving, Texas

Location: McKinney, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21LA193
Date & Time: April 17, 2021, 19:48 Local
Registration: N2973R
Aircraft: Piper PA28R 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On April 17, 2021, about 1948 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, N2973R, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near McKinney, Texas. The flight instructor and student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The airplane departed from the Rockwall Municipal Airport (F46), Rockwall, Texas, at 1934 and was flying in the traffic pattern at the McKinney National Airport (TKI), McKinney, Texas. While turning from base toward final, the engine sustained a total loss of engine power. The flight instructor attempted to cycle the throttle and switch fuel tanks, but with no success. The flight instructor noted there were no abnormal noises or shaking emitting from engine, only a loss of power that he thought was more consistent with some type of fuel interruption issue. The propeller continued to spin. The flight instructor made a forced landing to an open grass field with a mayday call to the air traffic control tower.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector traveled to the accident site to conduct documentation activities. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2973R
Model/Series: PA28R 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTKI,586 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McKinney, TX (TKI)
Destination: McKinney, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude:  33.176889,-96.587681 

MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The crash landing of a small plane on a McKinney homeowner’s property has him accusing the city of putting his family’s safety at risk.

John Powell says the nearby airport is making their home unmarketable and almost uninhabitable.

Radio transmissions recorded the pilot of a small plane moments before he was forced to make an emergency landing just south of McKinney National Airport on Saturday. “Mayday, mayday, mayday, 73 Romero, lost engine power,” the pilot said over radio.

The pilot was able to walk away. But days later, the plane still sits on Powell’s property as a lingering reminder of the danger he says he constantly faces.

“It wouldn’t be reasonable for a sane person to live right where we are,” Powell told CBS 11 News.

The 81-year-old and his wife have lived on Old Mill Road since 1966, years before McKinney built an airport with a runway that extends only a few feet from their home across the street.

“We kind of pray for bad weather every once in a while so we don’t hear airplanes,” Powell said.

The Powells have documented the ever-present engine noise and the low-flying aircraft in their effort to get the city of McKinney to buy their 75 acres for the same price they say the city paid for other surrounding property.

“They seem to be driving a real hard bargain with the Powells,” the family’s attorney, T.J. Lane, said.

Lane claims the city is lowballing the family, knowing that the property won’t sell to anyone who would want to live on it.

“They are offering us a fourth of what they are paying other people for property around the airport,” Powell said.

With a new terminal under construction and the promise of commercial passenger flights coming soon, the growth of McKinney’s airport is only expected to add to the Powells’ misery.

No one with the city responded to CBS 11 News’ questions about the family’s concerns.

The couple hopes last weekend’s close call will prompt the city to act and let them spend their golden years in peace.

“A quiet, rural neighborhood somewhere… that’s our goal we think we are going to head to the hill country. We want to watch the bluebonnets grow,” Powell said.

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