‘Devoted’ dad flying daughter to Florida for spring break killed in crash; she …

Katie Bronken who is in critical condition at a Tampa hospital and Her father Jeffrey Bronken who died whole he was flying his teenage daughter and her friend to Florida for Spring break when he nosedived into Florida neighborhood. https://www.facebook.com/susan.m.bronken/photos_albumsFacebook
Katie Bronken who is in critical condition at a Tampa hospital seen with her father Jeffrey Bronken, who died while he was flying his teenage daughter and her friend to Florida.

Jeffrey Bronken died whole he was flying his teenage daughter and her friend to Florida for Spring break when he nosedived into Florida neighborhood.Facebook
Jeffrey Bronken died whole he was flying his teenage daughter and her friend to Florida for Spring break when he nosedived into Florida neighborhood.

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Investigators look at the wreckage of a small passenger plane which crashed early Saturday, March 22, killing one person and injuring two.
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An investigator from the FAA takes photographs of a small passenger plane which crashed early Saturday, March 22, en route to Florida from Chicago.
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A crime scene technician with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office carries items from the scene of a small passenger plane, which crashed early Saturday, March 22.

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A Chicago man described as a “great father” who was flying his 15-year-old daughter and her friend to Florida for spring vacation was killed Saturday when his small plane nosedived into a Clearwater neighborhood, seriously injuring both girls, authorities said.

Jeffrey Bronken, 53, “adored his children,” sister-in-law Deirdre Manna told the Chicago Tribune. “He was a great, great father and a great uncle,” she said.

The trio was bound from Illinois for St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport when the single-engine Piper aircraft slammed into a normally busy street around 4 a.m., the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office said.

Katherine Bronken and Keyana Linbo, also 15, were taken to a nearby hospital and suffered serious injuries. No one on the ground was hurt. The cause of the devastating crash is under investigation.

Manna said her brother-in-law was “bigger than life” and “always on the go,” according to the paper. “I still can’t believe it’s true,” she said. Bronken’s widow was on her way to Florida to care for her hospitalized daughter.

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