Order Reprint of this Story June 07, A news release says year-old Ronald Bramlage was piloting the plane headed from the Bahamas to Junction City. It had stopped for customs in Fort Pierce, Fla.
The helicopter pilot saw the Cessna taxi to the runway. About 12 minutes later, it took off and he heard the sound seconds before the crash. He and a colleague drove to the site after hearing the crash, according to the report.
The five boarded inside the hangar then remained inside during the tow, according to the report.
Shannon slowly taxied the plane from the ramp to the end of runway 9L before the fixed-base operator employees heard the airplane take off and head east. But they heard an explosion on the east side of the airport," the report states. Shannon received an instrumental flight rules clearance from the Tampa air traffic control tower.
The Bartow tower was closed at the time of the crash, according to the report. Wreckage from the flight has been moved to a secure storage facility for further examination.
Ronald Bramlage, 45, his wife, Rebecca, 43, and their four children, Brandon, 15, Boston, 13, Beau, 11, and Roxanne, 8, all died in the crash. More than two years after the crash, federal aviation officials said pilot inexperience was the likely cause.
The report noted that Ronald Bramlage had purchased a turboprop plane about five weeks before the June 7 crash. County Commissioner Bill Braswell, a longtime pilot and former crash investigator for the Air Force, said it will be difficult to pinpoint a cause of the recent fatal crash.
Braswell himself crashed at the Bartow airport about five years ago. Shaken, he and his wife exited the plane to see what they had struck. A black, dead hog could be seen in the runway. The impact broke the side of a propeller and the engine from its mount, he said.
Since then, Braswell said, he won't fly in poor weather or at night. Bartow airport officials installed a chain link fence around the airport soon after his crash. John Chambliss can be contacted at john.
Never miss a story Choose the plan that's right for you. Digital access or digital and print delivery.Bramlage helped extensively to raise funds for a new facility to replace Ahearn Field House at Kansas State University.
The new facility was dedicated the Fred Bramlage Coliseum in He was named the Native Sons and Daughters Kansan of the Year in He was also elected to the Kansas Business Hall of Fame in The aircraft’s year-old pilot Ronald Bramlage, his wife and four children were killed in the crash.
Ronald Bramlage, who was piloting the plane, was the grandson of Fred Bramlage, the namesake of Kansas State University’s basketball arena. Investigators scoured the site where a Pilatus PC crashed June 7, , near Lake Weohyakapka in southeast Polk County, Fla.
A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says the crash probably was caused by the inexperience of the pilot, Ronald Bramlage of Junction City, Kan., who was killed with his wife and four children.
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