Plane Crash in Lake Whales Kills Family of Six

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas community is in mourning after a prominent businessman, his wife and their four children were killed when their small plane crashed into a swampy area of central Florida.

The Polk County Sheriff’s office says the plane went down about 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Tiger Creek Preserve in Lake Whales.

Junction City businessman Ron Bramlage was piloting the single-turboprop, fixed-wing plane when it broke apart and crashed, killing him, his wife and their four children, ages 8 to 15.

Bramlage was the owner of Roadside Ventures LLC in Junction City.

The family was well known in town and at Kansas State University, where the basketball arena is named for Bramlage’s grandfather.