UPDATED: Grob Systems CEO killed in small plane crash

This photograph shows the wreckage of a small plane which crashed early this morning on Hancock County 18. Two people died in the crash. (Photo by Leyland Spencer)

This photograph shows the wreckage of a small plane which crashed early this morning on Hancock County 18. Two people died in the crash. (Photo by Leyland Spencer)

Ralf Bronnenmeier, chief executive officer of Grob Systems in Bluffton, has been identified as the pilot of the small plane that crashed just outside of Findlay around 1 a.m. today, killing both occupants of the plane.

The name of the second passenger, a female, has not been released.
According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at 1:11 a.m. on Hancock County 18, between Cass Township 215 and Hancock Road 216. The area of the crash is about a half mile stretch of Hancock County 18, situated about five miles outside of Findlay.

The sheriff’s office reported the plane crashed in a ditch alongside Hancock County 18 near the intersection of Hancock County 216 in Cass Township.

The plane, a Lancair aircraft,  was traveling from Holland, Michigan to Bluffton, according to the sheriff’s office. Lancair manufactures four different types of planes that typically seat two to four people, according to the company’s website.

County Road 18 remained closed as of 6 p.m., as the investigation continues, according to the sheriff’s office.

Besides the sheriff’s office, the National Transportation Safety Board also is investigating. No additional details are available from the sheriff’s office at this time.

Bronnenmeier had been with Grob since, 1994, according to the company’s website.

Grob manufactures equipment enabling Detroit’s Big Three automakers to produce engines and transmissions.

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