UPDATE: Friday, June 8, 2012
Florida crews have apparently recovered the body of a 13-year-old Kansas boy who was killed with his parents and three siblings when the single-engine plane they were in crashed in central Florida.
The family's single-turboprop plane went down Thursday in a 4,900-acre preserve about 50 miles southwest of Orlando. The victims were identified as Ron Bramlage, his wife, Rebecca, and their four children, all of Junction City.
The Polk County, Fla., Sheriff's Office said officers found Boston Bramlage's body Friday afternoon a half mile from the main crash site. The office said the identification is preliminary until tests are done, but that the search has been discontinued.
Sheriff Grady Judd said crews are relieved to have found the boy's body so surviving family members can "have some sort of closure."
UPDATE: Friday, June 8, 2012
The search continues for a 13-year-old boy who authorities believe was killed when the plane he and five family members were in crashed in a remote area of Polk County, FL on Thursday.
The family of six was traveling from the Bahamas back to their home in Junction City, Kansas when the single engine plane went down in a swampy area shortly after noon.
The victims are bidentified as Ronald Bramlage, 45; his wife, Rebecca Bramlage, 43; and their children Brandon, 15; Boston, 13; Beau, 11; and Roxanne, 3. It is believed the missing child is Boston, based on descriptions of what he was wearing when he left the Bahamas.
The plane is a Pilatus PC-12, and is owned by Roadside Ventures, LLC of Junction City.
The National Transportation Safety Board began its investigation on Friday. Senior Air Safety Investigator Tim Monville said there is little to go on at this point.
"We're missing structuarlly parts of the aircraft. We're missing about six feet of the right wing," Monville said.
The Bramlage family is well known in the Kansas State University community.
Ronald and Rebecca Bramlage were both graduates, and Fred Bramlage, Ronald's grandfather, was the lead contributor to the Bramlage Coliseum, a multipurpose arena that is home to the men's and women's basketball teams.
Pieces of the aircraft were strewn over a four-mile area in rough terrain, making the search for Boston difficult.
Information from WFTS, Tampa
Funeral services are pending for six members of the Junction City family killed when the single engine plane they were in crashed in Florida.
Junction City businessman Ron Bramlage, his wife and four children were heading home from the Bahamas when the small plane they were in crashed Thursday in central Florida. Officials said all six family members died in the crash.
The Rev. Al Brungardt, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, said Friday that the family attended services there weekly and Ron Bramlage was a member of the parish council.
Brungardt said he hasn't heard from the other family members about funeral services. But he expects the church, which holds about 500, will be too small for the family's services.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A small plane crash outside Tampa, FL appears to have claimed the lives of a Junction City family.
The plane went town in the remote Tiger Creek Swamp area near Lake Wales, FL around 12:40 p.m. Eastern time Thursday. Authorities needed specialty vehicles to access the scene.
Aerial footage showed a silver single-engine Pilatus PC-12 in several pieces.
The aircraft was registered to Roadside Ventures, LLC in Junction City. Clint Francis, who works with the company, told WTSP-TV that the plane is owned by the company and the dead include the company owner Ron Bramlage and family members.
Ron Bramlage is the Grandson of Fred Bramlage, who made the original and principle contribution for Bramlage Coliseum at Kansas State University.
Flight records show the plane took off from the Bahamas Thursday morning and had stopped in St. Lucie, FL to refuel before taking off for Junction City.
A joint statement issued from K-State President Dr. Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie says, “We are shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the deaths of Ron and Becky Bramlage and their children today. The Bramlage family holds a special place in the history of Kansas State University and K-State Athletics, and Ron and Becky have been loyal supporters and great fans of K-State. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bramlage family during this difficult time.”
Ron and Becky both graduated from the university and were members of the Alumni Association, President’s Club, Foundation Trustees, and Ahern Fund. Ron’s grandfather, Fred Bramlage, a 1935 K-State graduate, was the lead contributor of Bramlage Coliseum. It opened in 1988 and is home to K-State men’s and women’s basketball teams.