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Florida-bound plane carrying 4, including 2 children, vanishes near Bahamas

Coast Guard searches for missing plane after radar, radio contact lost

Nathan Ulrich, Jennifer Blumin and her two sons were on a small plane that disappeared near the Bahamas.
Nathan Ulrich, Jennifer Blumin and her two sons were on a small plane that disappeared near the Bahamas.

MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching near the Bahamas for an overdue small airplane carrying four New Hampshire and New York residents, including two children, from Puerto Rico to Florida.

According to a Coast Guard news release, Miami air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the twin-engine MU-2B plane at 2:10 p.m. Monday, about 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich of New Hampshire and Jennifer Blumin of New York, along with her 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.

Blumin, 40, was founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, specializing in the fashion industry.

"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said in a statement.

Ulrich is the ex-husband of actress Rae Dawn Chong, according to a post on her Facebook page.

The plane departed from Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at about 11 a.m. Monday and was en route to Titusville when contact was lost.

"There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time," Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly said.

Ulrich was listed as the pilot but it was not known who was flying it at the time, Kelly said. Blumin owned the plane through a consulting company, according to New York State and aviation records.

A Coast Guard airplane, helicopter and cutter were searching for the missing plane. A helicopter crew found a debris field Tuesday afternoon about 15 miles east of Eleuthera.