Aero Country Airport
Aero Country Airport
|Owner||Aero Country Property Owners Association|
|Location||255 Aero Country Rd, McKinney, TX 75071|
|Elevation AMSL||765 ft / 233 m|
Aero Country Airport (FAA LID: T31) is a privately owned public airport 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) west of the central business district of McKinney, Texas, United States. The airport has no IATA or ICAO designation.
The airport is used solely for general aviation purposes.
Aero Country previously used the FAA LID of TX05 until at least July 1997. The FAA LID of T31 was previously used for Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport in Port Isabel, Texas until at least July 1992.[N 1]
For the year ending December 31, 2015, the airport had 9,000 aircraft operations, averaging 25 per day: 100% general aviation. 244 aircraft were then based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 2% helicopters, and 1% gliders.
Accidents and incidents
- 2 April 1983: Three passengers disembarked from a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, registration number N927BA, while the engines were still running, despite having been instructed by the aircrew prior to the flight not to exit until the engines were shut down. One passenger walked into the rotating left-hand propeller and suffered a fatal head injury; the other passengers were not injured. The accident was attributed to inadequate verbal instructions and supervision of the passengers by the pilot in command, and to the failure of the passengers to understand the pilot's instructions. A contributing factor was unsafe actions by the passengers.
- 19 July 1997: A Rans S-9, registration number N1678N, lost engine power after a high-speed pass over the runway. The pilot attempted to turn back to the runway, but the craft stalled and went into a spin during a "very tight" 180° turn to get in sequence behind an ultralight that was taking off. The S-9 impacted the ground in a near-vertical attitude, killing the pilot and sole occupant. The accident was attributed to "loss of engine power for undetermined reason(s), and failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, while maneuvering for a forced landing, which resulted in a stall and collision with the terrain."
- 9 January 2001: A Nord 1101 Noralpha, registration number N208BF, lost engine power on takeoff and was substantially damaged in a subsequent off-airport forced landing. The pilot suffered serious injuries and the single passenger suffered no injuries. An investigator determined that the aft throttle linkage assembly's push/pull rod had separated from the support bushing "due to improper installation." The accident was attributed to "the loss of engine power during takeoff resulting from the inadequate engagement of the throttle torque tube rod end into the support bushing by unknown maintenance personnel."
- 31 December 2016: A Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, registration number N4407T, and a Luscombe 8A, registration number N2889K, suffered a mid-air collision in the airfield traffic pattern approximately 1/2 mi (0.8 km) east of the airport. Both aircraft were destroyed on impact with the ground; the pilot and sole occupant of N4407T and the pilot and single passenger aboard N2889K were killed. N4407T crashed into a storage facility, starting a substantial fire that damaged a stored boat; the blaze thwarted bystanders' attempts to rescue the pilot. The collision severed the empennage of the second aircraft, which then crashed in the southbound lanes of Custer Road near Virginia Parkway, causing the road to be shut down while emergency crews responded. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
- It is unclear exactly when the designation changes took place. A National Transportation Safety Board report for an accident at Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport on 3 July 1992 uses the T31 designation; however, that airport is currently assigned the ICAO designation of KPIL and the FAA LID of PIL. An NTSB report for an accident that took place at Aero Country in July 1997 uses an FAA LID of TX05.
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