Backyard Blues: McKinney Couple Upset About Airport Expansion

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MCKINNEY — Nobody likes ducking under planes but for John and Annette Powell, that’s their day-to-day life.

The Powells live right next door to McKinney National Airport. Runway modifications and extensions have put them right in the path for takeoffs and landings.

“It’s very frightening because if they’re landing to the north, they’re only missing the top of our house by 50 or 60 feet,” said John Powell.

They say about 200 planes a day buzz over their rooftop. The noise level can hit as high as 88 decibels, which makes normal living nearly impossible.

The Powells have lived in this home for over 40 years, way before the McKinney Airport was even a blip on the radar.

“It’s unfortunate because we had enjoyed living here until this got really bad,” said Annette Powell.

The problem may only get worse. With the Wright Amendment set to expire and Love Field’s runways certain to get more congested, McKinney is making its pitch to private and corporate pilots to make its terminal their new destination.

But it’s not just the noise that bothers the Powells.

“There’s the noise, the accident possibility hazard of one stalling out right over our house,” said John. “Every time one goes over, you’ve got exhaust dropping on you.”

The city of McKinney says the Powells did grant an easement over their property back in 1991, but that was before all of this.

The couple and the city are now in the early stages of negotiations to sell the property, but for now, they’ll just have to duck and cover.

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