Roadside Ventures LLC owner, Ron Bramlage, a businessman from Junction City, Kansas along with his wife and their four children, were killed Thursday, June 7, 2012 when their 2006 Pilatus Pc-12/47 plane crashed in central Florida.
The family was heading home to Junction City, Kansas from the Bahamas. The 2006 Pilatus Pc-12/47 plane had taken off from Treasure Cay Airport located in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. They had stopped at the St. Lucie County International Airport located in Fort Pierce, Florida, to clear customs.
The plane took off from Fort Pierce around 12:05 p.m. in route to Junction City, Kansas when the single-turboprop, fixed-wing plane broke apart and went down at about 12:36 p.m. in the Tiger Creek Preserve, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
Deputies had to reach the area of the crash by helicopter with medical personnel. It was immediately known there were no survivors from the plane crash.
The bodies Ronald Bramlage (pilot), age 45, his wife, Rebecca Bramlage and their children Brandon, Beau and Roxanne have been recovered. Investigators were still looking for their other child, 13-year-old Boston. They believe he was sucked out of the plane when a hole opened in the fuselage.
The search for his body ended that night, but will resume Friday morning, but poor weather conditions are expected for the area and might make it hard. Searchers will be combing hundreds of acres in thick steep forests.
Parts of the 2006 Pilatus Pc-12/47 plane were found two miles from the crash site. Authorities said the plane appeared to break up while in air. Experts believe the plane was traveling at approximately 26,000 feet when it first began experiencing trouble.
Roadside Ventures LLC is an outdoor advertising company and owners, Ron and Rececca Bramlage were very active in the community along with various organizations at K-State including serving as foundation trustees and members of the President’s Club.
A statement was issued on behalf of University President Kirk Schulz and Athletic Director John Currie, “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 Bramlage, a businessman in Junction City who owned Roadside Ventures LLC, was piloting the 2006 Pilatus Pc-12/47. Ron Bramlage, 45; his wife, Rebecca, 43; and the couple’s children — Brandon, 15; Boston, 13; Beau, 11; and 8-year-old Roxanne all were killed.