May 19, 2017 21:02 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Coast Guard halts search for small plane in Bahamas

The Coast Guard announced late Thursday that it was suspending the search for a missing small plane believed to have crashed into the waters off the Bahamas with four people on board.

The Coast Guard announced late Thursday that it was suspending the search for a missing small plane believed to have crashed into the waters off the Bahamas with four people on board. 

Jennifer Blumin, 40, was with their two sons, ages three and four, in a two-engine plane piloted by her new boyfriend Nathan Ulrich, 52, when air traffic control lost radar and radio contact on Monday. 

The Coast Guard found debris floating in the water 15 miles off the coast of Eleuthera, Bahamas, from a twin-engine MU-2B - the same model aircraft that Blumin, her kids, and Ulrich were on when they vanished. 

Air traffic control lost contact with the MU-2B aircraft while it was heading to Florida from Puerto Rico. 

Authorities were searching Tuesday in the Bahamas for a small overdue plane with four people aboard. The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich and Jennifer Blumin (pictured) of NY, along with her two-year-old and four-year-old sons
Pictured is the pilot Nathan Ulrich

Rescue teams suspended their search for survivors after a small plane disappeared near the Bahamas on Monday. Pilot Nathan Ulrich (right), of NH, and Jennifer Blumin (left) of NY, are still missing along with her three-year-old and four-year-old sons

James Ramsey's two sons were with his ex, Blumin, and her pilot boyfriend, Ulrich, when their aircraft went missing over the Bahamas (pictured together)

James Ramsey's two sons were with his ex, Blumin, and her pilot boyfriend, Ulrich, when their aircraft went missing over the Bahamas (pictured together)

A search that included the Coast Guard and Bahamas Defense Forces located plane debris east of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.

A Coast Guard statement said the search area covered an expanse of ocean the size of Massachusetts before it was suspended late Thursday.

An image posted on the Seventh District Coast Guard's Twitter page on Wednesday shows the debris from two plane seats along with an engine intake plug with a label warning 'remove before flight.'

'#Update @USCG image of debris, confirmed components of an MU-2B aircraft recovered 15 miles E of Eleuthera, Bahamas; search continues,' they tweeted.

But the Coast Guard said they were still trying to pin down 'something with specifics' to match the debris to the plane Ulrich was flying.

No bodies have been recovered. 

The father of Blumin's two young boys who were aboard the plane shared his devastation on Wednesday.

Ramsey told the New York Daily News: 'I lost what I loved more than anything. 

'I keep hoping it’s not real and I'll wake up. Wouldn't wish this pain on the worst person in the world.'  

Authorities have now covered more than 8,200 sq mi over 30 hrs in search of the missing plane, and continue their efforts on Wednesday. None of the passengers have been found

Authorities have now covered more than 8,200 sq mi over 30 hrs in search of the missing plane, and continue their efforts on Wednesday. None of the passengers have been found

The Coast Guard has shared images of debris from a plane which disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on Monday, taking with it a New York mom, her two young sons, and the pilot

The Coast Guard has shared images of debris from a plane which disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on Monday, taking with it a New York mom, her two young sons, and the pilot

'#Update @USCG image of debris, confirmed components of an MU-2B aircraft recovered 15 miles E of Eleuthera, Bahamas; search continues,' the Coast Guard tweeted

'#Update @USCG image of debris, confirmed components of an MU-2B aircraft recovered 15 miles E of Eleuthera, Bahamas; search continues,' the Coast Guard tweeted

The plane was 24,000 feet in the air en route from Borniquen, Puerto Rico to Titusville, Florida on Monday when air traffic control lost contact.

Blumin, 40, who is the Founder and CEO of event venue development firm, Skylight Group, her sons Phineas, four, and three-year-old Theodore, and 52-year-old Ulrich never made it to their destination.  

The Coast Guard tweeted at 3.30pm on Tuesday that a helicopter crew located 'debris field approx. 15 mi E of Eleuthera, Bahamas'.

According to the Coast Guard, the twin-engine MU-2B turboprop, manufactured by Mitsubishi, was 37 miles east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane around 2.10pm.

'There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time,' said Lt Cmdr Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Coast Guard aircraft, Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are all a part of the search. 

A Coast Guard cutter arrived later Tuesday to assist with the search.

Blumin has been featured in numerous media outlets that profiled the Skylight Group, which she founded in 2004. 

The group specializes in re-conceiving historical spaces and converting them for high-end event use.

Skylight has a portfolio of venues that includes Skylight West, Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn and Skylight at Moynihan Station. 

Skylight at Moynihan Station is located in the historic James A. Farley Post Office on West 33rd Street across from Penn Station. 

The airplane departed Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at approximately 11am Monday and never made it to its destination of Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida (as depicted by this map). Their plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control lost contact

Blumin founded the Skylight group in 2004. The group specializes in re-conceiving historical spaces and converting them for high-end event use. She has two children with partner James Ramsey (pictured in 2011)
As of 2015, Blumin (pictured in 2011) was living in Tribeca with Ramsey, a principal of the design studio Raad

Blumin founded the Skylight group in 2004. The group specializes in re-conceiving historical spaces and converting them for high-end event use. She has two children with Ramsey (pictured in 2011)

The US Coast Guard of the Southeast tweeted at 3.30pm on Tuesday that crews located a debris field near Eleuthera, Bahamas, where the private plane went missing 

The US Coast Guard of the Southeast tweeted at 3.30pm on Tuesday that crews located a debris field near Eleuthera, Bahamas, where the private plane went missing 

Skylight One Hanson was previously the Williamsburg Savings Bank Clocktower in Brooklyn and Skylight Modern on West 27th and 10th Avenue, is a 15,000-square-foot blank canvas created for Fashion Week in 2013.

The group also has a partnership to run private events on the High Line. 

As of 2015, Blumin was living in Tribeca with her husband James Ramsey, a principal of the design studio Raad. 

The pair have two sons together, four-year-old Phineas and three-year-old Theodore.

But the couple’s 19th-century Tribeca loft went on the market earlier this month for $3.7million.

Ulrich, who was piloting the plane, is the founder and owner of Xootr, a manufacturer of folding kick scooters and folding bicycles. 

He was also married to actress Rae Dawn Chong from 2011 to 2014. She tweeted about his plane vanishing shortly after 2pm. 

'My ex-hubby's (Nathan Ulrich) plane is missing over the Bermuda Triangle. I am sad and in shock. So send prayers to his family. Thanks,' she tweeted.

His parents also issued a statement that read: 'We were devastated and shocked to learn that Nathan, Jennifer and her children have been missing since leaving from Puerto Rico on Monday.

'Nathan is our beloved son, brother and uncle and we wish for resolution as the Coast Guard search continues. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Blumin family and James Ramsey in this difficult time.'

Ulrich (pictured), who was piloting the plane, is the founder and owner of Xootr , a manufacturer of folding kick scooters and folding bicycles. He is also a mechanical engineer graduate of the University of Pennsylvania

Ulrich (pictured), who was piloting the plane, is the founder and owner of Xootr , a manufacturer of folding kick scooters and folding bicycles. He is also a mechanical engineer graduate of the University of Pennsylvania

In February, Ulrich had to undergo recurrent training in order to pilot the MU-2 aircraft after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Special Federal Air Regulation (SFAR) on the aircraft in 2008. He posted this photo to his Facebook after landing the plane in February 

In February, Ulrich had to undergo recurrent training in order to pilot the MU-2 aircraft after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Special Federal Air Regulation (SFAR) on the aircraft in 2008. He posted this photo to his Facebook after landing the plane in February 

Ulrich was also married to The Color Purple actress Rae Dawn Chong (pictured), who tweeted about his plane vanishing shortly after 2pm

Ulrich was also married to The Color Purple actress Rae Dawn Chong (pictured), who tweeted about his plane vanishing shortly after 2pm

Ulrich was also married to actress Rae Dawn Chong, who tweeted about his plane vanishing shortly after 2pm

'My ex-hubby's (Nathan Ulrich) plane is missing over the Bermuda Triangle. I am sad and in shock. So send prayers to his family. Thanks,' Chong tweeted

The SFAR mandates that pilots flying MU-2B planes (file), which started production in 1963, after 2008 would be required to receive type-specific initial training, as well as recurrent training. As of 29 March 2016, there have been three fatal accidents involving the MU-2B

The SFAR mandates that pilots flying MU-2B planes (file), which started production in 1963, after 2008 would be required to receive type-specific initial training, as well as recurrent training. As of 29 March 2016, there have been three fatal accidents involving the MU-2B

In February, Ulrich had to undergo recurrent training in order to pilot the MU-2 aircraft after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Special Federal Air Regulation (SFAR) on the aircraft in 2008.

The SFAR mandates that pilots flying MU-2B planes, which started production in 1963, after 2008 would be required to receive type-specific initial training, as well as recurrent training. 

Recurrent training occurs when professional pilots practice emergency procedures as needed and as mandated.  

The agency also required that a fully functional autopilot be available for single-pilot operations, and that FAA-approved checklists and operating manuals be on board at all times.

As of 29 March 2016, there have been three fatal accidents involving the MU-2. 

According to his Instagram page, Ulrich owns a Cirrus SR20, a piston-engine plane that seats between four and five people. 

He is also a mechanical engineer and alum of the University of Pennsylvania.

Last year, it was reported that hexagonal clouds creating air bombs with winds of 170mph could be behind the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

Scientists have claimed the stormy blasts can flip ships into the sea and bring planes crashing down into the sea.

The 500,000km square patch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships.

At least 1,000 lives have been lost in the Triangle in the last 100 years. On average, four planes and 20 ships go missing every year. 

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