Plane that crashed in Lee’s Summit touched down, then went back in air before crash
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A preliminary crash report from the deadly plane crash at the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport on Sept. 20 shows the plane came in for landing, touched down once then went back into the air. Soon after, it was seen making a sharp turn — up to 300 feet in the air. That’s when it quickly descended and crashed to the ground, according to witnesses and WHO-TV.
The plane, carrying pilot Vincent L. Basile, 53, and his daughter Kelli Basile, 24, of Des Moines, Iowa originally took off in Ankeny, just north of Des Moines. 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 continue to investigate.
Kelli Basile was a special education associate at Grant Ragan Elementary School in Waukee, Iowa. Vince Basile worked for Townsend Engineering.