Search continues in Polk plane crash that killed Ronald Bramlage and family, NTSB now investigating

POLK COUNTY, Fla. - 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 on Thursday.

The family of six was traveling from the Bahamas back to their home in Kansas when the single engine plane went down in a swampy area shortly after noon.

The victims are identified 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 it's investigation on Friday.

Senior Air Safety Investigator Tim Monville said there is little to go on at this point.

"We're missing structurally 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 father, 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.

"We will continue this throughout the day, throughout the weekend, throughout the weeks, whatever it takes," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

 

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