POLK COUNTY, Fla. - In a news conference Friday afternoon, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced that he believes investigators found the body of 13-year-old plane crash victim Boston Bramlage. However, Judd said that the body still needs to be positively identified.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers found Bramlage's body at 2:20 p.m. on Friday,
Authorities said a plane carrying Bramlage, along with his five family
Officials said during a Friday morning news conference that the plane started breaking apart in the air at 26,000 feet.
Ronald Bramlage, 45, was piloting the plane. His wife, Rebecca, 43, and their four children were also onboard.
Bramlage, was not found
Investigators said they believe he was sucked out of the plane as it was going down.
"The child was not on the plane when the plane went down," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "This is not the first crash I've worked where a person is ejected in the air before the plane hit the ground, and that appears to be what happened here."
Authorities said another pilot heard a
Investigators said the massive debris field is as wide as three miles.
Eyewitness Pete Mauldin said it sounded like the engine sputtered before it cut off.
The aircraft had taken off from Treasure Cay Airport in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. It stopped at the St. Lucie County International Airport to clear customs and was headed to Junction City,
The Federal Aviation Administration's website lists the single-engine plane as a Pilatus PC-12/47, registered to Roadside Ventures LLC of Junction City. It was built in 2006.
Parts of the aircraft have been located as far as
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation. The NTSB and FAA will be conducting investigations related the crash.
Additionally, the aircraft manufacturer and the engine manufacturer will be conducting investigations.
An NTSB investigator said there was separation of the horizontal stabilizer, which controls the angle of attack for the plane and separation of both wings. But he also said the investigation is
The plane happens to be the same plane that flew Casey Anthony away from Orlando after she was released from jail last year.
It was owned by her former attorney, Todd Macaluso, but may have been sold earlier this year.