Friday, June 8, 2012
Tragedy as family of six dies after plane crashes into Florida swamp
The couple both graduated from Kansas State University. Ron Bramlage was the grandson of the late Fred Bramlage, a 1935 graduate and a Junction City businessman. Fred Bramlage was the lead contributor to the construction of Bramlage Coliseum, a multi-purpose arena that opened in 1988 and is the home to K-State's basketball teams.
Ron Bramlage owns Roadside Ventures LLC, a outdoor advertising company in Junction City. Becky Bramlage was president of the Geary County Board of Education.
The crash happened at 12:36 p.m.
Parts of the single-engine plane were found two miles from the crash site. Authorities said the plane appeared to break up while in air.
The plane went down in rugged swamp country. Would-be rescuers and investigators had to use all-terrain vehicles to get to the scene.
The bodies of the couple and their children Brandon, Beau and Roxanne have been recovered. Investigators believe 13-year-old Boston was sucked out of the plane when a hole opened in the fuselage.
The search for his body has ended for the night. Searchers will resume Friday morning, but poor weather conditions are expected to hamper their efforts. Searchers will be combing hundreds of acres in thick steep forests.
Kenny Lannou, spokesman for K-State, said this was a tragic day and the university's thoughts and prayers are with Bramlage family during a difficult time.
Both Ron and Becky Bramlage were active at various organizations at K-State including serving as foundation trustees and members of the President's Club.
The couple made "tremendous contributions" the district's foundation. The six "will be severely missed."