Lee's Summit, MO Small Plane Crash, Jul 2002



Lee's Summit, Mo. - A small plane crashed near a home in this Kansas City suburb Thursday morning, killing the two men aboard and setting fire to the house.
Four people in the home escaped uninjured as flames spread from the wreckage of the Piper Cherokee to one side of the house, located less than a half-mile from a runway at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.
Relatives identified the victims as the REV. ROGER GOODWIN, 62, who recently retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in Grandview, and CHARLES "PHIL" WILSON, 48, of Belton, a doctoral candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
GOODWIN, an experienced pilot, and WILSON were flying to Oklahoma, relatives said. GOODWIN served as a tutor for WILSON and for another man they were to meet in Oklahoma.
Witnesses said the plane clipped power lines about 30 feet above the ground before crashing into a tree outside the home of Dale and Mary Bear.
"We're doing fine," Dale Bear told WDAF-TV. "We just had a nice start to our day. We had breakfast, standing in the kitchen and all of the sudden we saw there was a large impact on the house and we had a very large fireball."
John Ohrazda, manager of the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, said the plane originated from the airport and had just taken off.
The plane apparently was attempting to make an emergency landing on Douglas (Road) when it crashed, Bear said.
The airport, near Interstate Highway 470 and Missouri Highway 291, is about 15 miles southeast of Kansas City.
An FAA spokeswoman said the National Transportation Safety Board was the lead agency investigating the accident.

The Salina Journal Kansas 2002-07-19