FAA, NTSB Now Looking For Cause Of McKinney Plane Crash

Alan Scaia
May 24, 2019 - 2:07 am

Source: McKinney Fire Department


MCKINNEY (1080 KRLD) - The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have both sent investigators to investigate Thursday evening's plane crash in McKinney.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed into a home near the private airstrip about 5:15 Thursday.

"It was extremely scary, and it's almost unimaginable," says Jamillah Foster, who lives in the home.

Foster says she was in the kitchen and her three kids were scattered around the house. She says her one year old boy was watching cartoons in the room where the plane hit.

"He was facing the wall the plane crashed into. He was facing it," Foster says. "That really had me. That could have been tragic."

No one inside the house was hurt. The pilot and a passenger were both hospitalized; their conditions have not been released.

Foster lives about a thousand feet from the runway at Aero Country Airport, along Virginia Parkway, between Custer Road and Independence Parkway. She says she will stay with friends while the FAA and NTSB investigate the cause of the crash and she makes repairs.

Pilot Jack Wybenga told McKinney officials in 2014 that there could be a problem with development near the airport.

"They put a fairway out at the end of the runway, and even then there were four houses that got so close, they made them put lights on the roof," he said.  "We've been trying to work with the folks around to keep houses from being too close to the airport."