The victims of a single-engine plane crash Tuesday evening were a father and daughter from the Des Moines area who were on their way to Lee’s Summit to visit family.
The pilot, Vincent L. Basile, 53, of Des Moines, and passenger, Kelli B. Basile, 24, of West Des Moines, were killed in the crash shortly after 6:10 p.m. Tuesday. They were traveling from Des Moines to Lee’s Summit to visit family when the crash occurred.
A family member declined to comment about the crash.
Kelli Basile was a special education associate at Grant Ragan Elementary School in the Waukee Community School District in Iowa. This was her second year working with school district.
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Emergency crews found the wreckage of the 1964 Piper PA-28-234, which is a four-seat, low-wing and fixed-gear airplane, on the tarmac on the west side of the airport.
The airport, located at 2700 block of Northeast Douglas Street, is a non-towered airport. It remained open for operations as the runways were not affected..
Lee’s Summit police were working with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration to determine what might have caused the crash.
The plane was registered to Teko Air LLC in Des Moines.