Two people killed in a plane crash in Missouri on Tuesday were from the Des Moines metro area.
The pilot, Vincent Basile, 53, of Des Moines, and the passenger Kelli Basile, 24, of West Des Moines, were traveling from Des Moines to Lee’s Summit, Mo., to visit family.
Kelli Basile was working at Grant Ragan Elementary School as a special education associate, according to Nicole Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Waukee school district. She started working for the district in 2015.
Around 6 p.m., emergency officials responded to a a single-engine plane crash at the Lee’s Summit airport in Missouri, according to Sgt. Chris Depue, spokesman for Lee’s Summit police. The Lee’s Summit airport is not towered, meaning there is no tower for pilots to communicate with.
The airplane was a 1964 Piper PA-28-235, which is a four-seat, low-wing and fixed-gear general aviation aircraft.
When officers arrived, they found a plane on the west side of the airport on the tarmac. Both people on board were killed in the crash.
The plane was registered to Teko Air LLC in Des Moines, according to FAA records. Calls to the company were not immediately answered.
The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB.
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