LEE'S SUMMIT, Missouri -- Two Iowans were killed in a plane crash Tuesday evening in Missouri.
The Lee’s Summit Police Department says 53-year-old Vincent Basile of Des Moines and his daughter, 24-year-old Kelli Basile of West Des Moines, died when the single-engine plane Vincent was piloting crashed around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Officials say it appears the Basiles were traveling to Lee’s Summit to meet family when the crash happened at the LS Airport. The plane was on the tarmac on the west side of the airport.
Kelli Basile was a special education associate at Grant Ragan Elementary School in Waukee.
A letter sent home by school officials read that while grief counselors are available to students and staff, they aren't directly notifying their young students of the deaths.
According to former co-workers, Vince Basile was an engineer at Townsend Engineering, now known as Marel. Those who knew him there say he left several years ago to work in a private machine shop.
They say they have fond memories of him.
"Just a straight forward kind of guy, very personable, he was just a very dynamic individual. We had a recreation facility, he was always talking smack in the locker room, he was a pretty competitive guy that way, so that was always fun," said former co-worker Craig Smines.
The plane was a four-seat 1964 Piper PA-28-235.
There was no initial indication that the plane was in distress or issued a Mayday call when it went down.
"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. Depue.
The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.