Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235, TEKO Air, LLC, N8983W: Fatal accident occurred September 20, 2016 at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), Missouri

TEKO AIR LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8983W

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA378
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Lee's Summit, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-235, registration: N8983W
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 20, 2016, about 1820 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235 airplane, N8983W, impacted terrain near Lee's Summit, Missouri. The private rated pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by TEKO Air LLC, Des Moines, Iowa, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal fight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The cross country flight originated from the Ankeny Regional Airport (KIKV), Des Moines, Iowa, and was en route to the Lee's Summit Municipal airport, (KLXT), Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Several witnesses reported seeing segments of the airplane's accident flight. Additionally, several of the airport's security cameras captured a portion of the flight. A review of the security camera video's and witness statements, revealed the airplane touched down on KLXT's runway 18, the airplane then continued on the runway for a little way, before departing. The airplane was then seen with nose high, left wing low attitude. The airplane continued and entered into a right steep turn; one witness reported that the airplane was high as 200 to 300 ft above ground level. The airplane continued to make a 180-degree turn, with a wing bank angle of about 90 degrees. The airplane made a rapid decent, impacting terrain in a right wing, nose low attitude. The airplane then slid along the ramp for about 250 ft, coming to rest on its right side. 

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Kelli Basile



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, according to a news release.

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.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kelli," Lawrence said. "Our grief response team has been activated, and counselors are available for students and staff. It is important that we all support each other during this time of grief and loss."

Kelli Basile graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 2010 and Iowa State University in 2014. She also worked for i9 Sports, a youth sports organization. She was engaged to be married next summer.

"There are no words for a tragedy like this," said Anna Swanson, who knew Basile both in high school and college. "Kelli was, and will always be, such a bright light."

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. Investigators with the Lee's Summit Police Department are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine where the flight originated from and what led to the crash.

Peter Knudson, spokesman for National Transportation Safety Board, said there were witnesses to the crash who might be able to shed more light about what happened throughout the investigation. He said there was no fire following the crash, but a wing did separate from the plane.

Knudson also said it's still unknown whether the crash happened while Basile was trying to land. He said accidents and fatalities occur more frequently with smaller planes compared to commercial aircraft.

Knudson could not confirm whether Lee's Summit was the plane's intended destination or whether the crash was a result of an emergency landing.

The plane was registered to Teko Air LLC in Des Moines, according to FAA records. Calls to the company were not immediately answered.

Vince Basile was a licensed pilot, qualified to fly a single-engine airplane, like the one that crashed, according to FAA records.

Reached by phone Wednesday evening, a member of the Basile family declined to comment.

Source:  http://www.desmoinesregister.com



KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Two people have died in a small plane crash at the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.

The plane crashed about 6:10 p.m. while apparently trying to land at the airport in the 2700 block of Northeast Douglas Street.

Two people have died in a small plane crash at the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.
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Investigators said crews found the plane at rest on the tarmac, but aerial video from Newschopper 9 appears to show an impact on the edge of the grass.

Sgt. Chris Depue of the Lee's Summit Police Department said there was no indication that the Piper PA-28-235 made any mayday calls or reported any other kinds of trouble.

"Right now, we're working along with the FAA, as well as our criminal investigation division, just to conduct a thorough investigation just to gather those facts, so we have a full understanding of what happened," Depue said.

Police identified the victims as Vincent L. Basile, 53, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Kelli B. Basile, 24, of West Des Moines, Iowa.

The families of the victims were at the airport at the time of the crash.

Crash investigators are trying to determine what happened.

Story and video:   http://www.kmbc.com



LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -  Police have identified the two victims killed in a plane crash at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.  

According to authorities, Vincent Basile, 53, and Kelli Basile, 24, both of Des Moines, IA were killed in the accident.

Lee's Summit police say the crash happened around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The plane came to rest on the west side of the airport on the tarmac. 

Police say the two were heading from Des Moines to Lee's Summit to see family

The airplane is a 1964 PIPER PA-28-235 with a fixed wing single engine, according to aircraft registration records. 

Teko Air, LLC. out of Des Moines, Iowa is the listed owner of the plane. Records show the plane was purchased in December. 

The Lee's Summit Municipal Airport is a non-towered airport, meaning there is no tower to speak with, leaving pilots to tell other pilots what they are doing on a frequency. 


Investigators say the airport remains open, as runways were not affected by the crash. 

Story and video:  http://www.kctv5.com



LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Two people are dead after a plane crashed at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport Tuesday night.

Lee's Summit police said emergency crews were called to the airport around 6:10 p.m. When they arrived, they found a single-engine plane on the west side of the runways, west of the tarmac area, that tried to make a landing and crashed. 

"Our initial investigation says this was their destination. This is where they were heading this evening," said Sgt. Chris Depue of the Lee's Summit Police Department. 

41 Action News learned the plane is registered to Teko Air LLC in Des Moines, Iowa. Calls to the number listed for Teko Air were not answered. 

Police said there is no indication yet as far as mayday calls or any kind of other troubles. 

The FAA is en route. Lee's Summit police are working with the FAA as well as the criminal investigations unit to learn where the flight originated from and what may have caused the crash. 

The Lee's Summit Airport is a non-towered airport, meaning pilots have to "see and avoid" when landing and taking off. 

The airport remains open for operations. 

Story and video:   http://www.kshb.com

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