FLORIDA, United States, Friday May 18, 2017 – The US Coast Guard has suspended the search for an airplane that went missing off the Bahamas earlier this week with a prominent New York designer, her two young sons, and her boyfriend who was piloting the plane.
The search for Jennifer Blumin, 40; three-year-old Theodore, four-year-old Phineas; and Nathan Ulrich, 52, ended yesterday at 8:45 p.m., the Coast Guard said.
The four went missing on Monday en route to Titusville, Florida from Puerto Rico. After leaving Puerto Rico around 11 a.m., the aircraft lost radio contact with the control tower three hours later, about 37 miles east of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.
While debris from the twin-engine turboprop plane was found the following day, 15 miles east of Eleuthera, there has been no sign of the four passengers.
“This was a swift and significant loss and its impact has reverberated through everyone that participated in the search,” said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families involved.”
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The search had involved US Coast Guard air and sea crews, and the US Air Force, US Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force also assisted in the search.
The Coast Guard said a National Transportation Safety Board accident investigator has been assigned to the case to determine the probable cause of the accident.
The missing plane is owned by Blumin, founder and CEO of Skylight Group, an event management firm that has a portfolio of venues that include Skylight at Moynihan Station, which has hosted New York Fashion Week shows over the years.
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