Sacramento Mather Airport

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Sacramento Mather Airport
Mather AFB CA - 17 Aug 1998.jpg
USGS photo, 17 Aug 1998
Airport typePublic
OwnerSacramento County
ServesSacramento, California
Elevation AMSL98 ft / 30 m
Coordinates38°33′14″N 121°17′51″W / 38.55389°N 121.29750°W / 38.55389; -121.29750
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4R/22L 11,301 3,445 Asphalt/Concrete
4L/22R 6,038 1,840 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 30 9 Asphalt
H2 100 30 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations101,000
Based aircraft152
Source: FAA[1] and airport web page[2]

Sacramento Mather Airport (IATA: MHR, ICAO: KMHR, FAA LID: MHR) (Mather Airport), is a public airport 11 miles east of Sacramento, in Sacramento County, California. It is on the site of Mather Air Force Base which closed in 1993 pursuant to BRAC action.


Sacramento Mather Airport covers 2,875 acres (1,163 ha) at an elevation of 98 feet (30 m). It has two runways: 4L/22R is 6,038 by 150 feet (1,840 x 46 m) asphalt; 4R/22L is 11,301 by 150 feet (3,445 x 46 m) concrete/asphalt. The airport has two helipads: H1 is 30 x 30 ft. (9 x 9 m); H2 is 100 x 100 ft. (30 x 30 m).[1]

In 2005 the airport had 101,000 aircraft operations, average 276 per day: 55% general aviation, 19% air taxi, 16% airline and 10% military. 152 aircraft were then based at this airport: 23% single-engine, 24% multi-engine, 2% jet, 24% helicopter and 27% military.[1]

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Reno/Tahoe
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Salt Lake City
UPS Airlines Louisville, Ontario, Portland (OR), Reno/Tahoe


On February 16, 2000 Emery Worldwide Flight 17, a DC-8 cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff from this airport, killing all 3 crewmembers.[3][4] This incident was profiled on the Canadian TV show Mayday, also known, in the United States, as Air Disasters on the Smithsonian Channel.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for MHR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-07-31.
  2. ^ Mather Airport, Sacramento County Airport System website.
  3. ^ "Emery DC-8 cargo plane crashes near Sacramento, California"., retrieved December 13, 2006.
  4. ^ "Safety Board Finds Poor Maintenance Caused Sacramento, Calif., Airport Crash"., retrieved December 13, 2006.

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