(Update: 10/02/13 1:45 p.m. The Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased pilot below.)
Authorities with the Missouri Highway Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a fatal plane crash in Lone Jack. The ultralight plane went down just before 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 13300 block of Ragsdale Road. The pilot reportedly missed a grass landing strip near the Lamb’s Field Airport by about 30 feet.
There has been one confirmed fatality. Officials said Richard Scalet, 56, of Greenwood, Mo. was the only person on board the aircraft..
Press Release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
On 10-01-2013 at approximately 6 p.m., deputies responded to the area of the 13300 block of Ragsdale Road in regard to a reported plane crash. The location is in unincorporated Jackson County north of US-50 Highway near Lone Jack, Missouri.
Upon the arrival of the deputies, Lone Jack Fire and EMS was on scene and had advised the pilot of the aircraft was dead. He was identified as 56-year-old Richard Scalet of Greenwood, Missouri.
Investigation has revealed Scalet was operating a Kolb FireStar Ultra Light and was seen taking off when the Ultra Light took a sharp turn and crashed into a grassy field west of the runway. The pilot was alone, and no one else was injured in the crash.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lone Jack, MO Police Department, and the FAA which continues to investigate the cause of the crash.