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NTSB: Highland Park Business Man Reported Fuel Issues Prior to Plane Crash

Highland Park businessman Jeffrey Bronken reported having fuel problem prior to crashing in his Piper PA-28-181crashing and killing him early on Saturday. His daughter and a friend of hers who were flying with him remain hospitalized.

Jeffrey Bronken, 53, and his daughter Katherine in a photo from her Instagram account.
Jeffrey Bronken, 53, and his daughter Katherine in a photo from her Instagram account.

Fuel problems are being cited as a possible cause of a plane crash that killed Highland Park businessman Jeffrey Bronken and injured his daughter and her friend, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Katherine Bronken, 15, and her friend Keyana Linbo, were severely injured in the plane crash and remain hospitalized in a Florida hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A senior investigator with the National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA) told the Chicago Tribune that Bronken reported he was having fuel problems prior to his Piper PA-28-181 hitting power lines and crashing at 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. Bronken reportedly died of blunt force trauma resulting from the crash.

The plane was 8 miles away from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport when it crashed, according to authorities.

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Dennis Robaugh contributed to this report.

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