LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Emergency crews were at the scene of a deadly plane crash on Tuesday night at the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport. FOX 4's Mary Pulley reports that both people on board died in the crash.
The victims have been identified as Vincent L. Basile, 53, and Kelli Basile, 24, of Des Moines, Iowa. According to authorities the Basiles were traveling to Lee's Summit to meet family.
The crashed plane is described as a 1964 Piper PA-28-235, which is a four-seat, low-wing and fixed-gear general aviation aircraft. A Lee's Summit Police Department spokesman says emergency crews responded at about 6:10 p.m. to the scene. When they arrived they found the plane had crashed on the west side of the airport tarmac.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the airport Tuesday night.
“Right now we`re working with the FAA as well as our criminal investigations division just to conduct a thorough investigation and gather those initial facts so that we have a full understanding of what happened,” said Sgt. Chris Depue, Lee’s Summit Police Dept.
Airport operations weren't interrupted because the runways weren't impacted by the crash. The Lee's Summit airport is a non-towered airport located at 2751 NE Douglas Street.
Kelli Basile was a special education associate at Grant Ragan Elementary School in Waukee, Iowa. Grief counselors are available for students and teachers, the school told WHO-TV in Des Moines. Vince Basile worked for Townsend Engineering.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kelli," the school said in a statement. "It is important that we all support each other at this time of grief and loss."