Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

May 19, 2017 12:50 PM

Coast Guard halts search in Bermuda Triangle for missing small plane with NH man on board

MIAMI — The Coast Guard says authorities have suspended the search for a small plane that apparently crashed into the ocean in the Bahamas with four people on board, including two children and a prominent New York businesswoman.

READ: US Coast Guard search for missing small plane with NH man, 3 others on board

Air traffic control lost contact with the Mitsubishi MU-2B aircraft while it was heading to Florida from Puerto Rico. A search that included the Coast Guard and Bahamas Defense Forces located plane debris east of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.

READ: Debris found believed to be from plane missing in Bahamas with NH man on board

The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin of New York, 40, along with her 3- and 4-year-old sons.

Ulrich is the founder and co-owner of Xootr, a company that makes kick scooters and folding bicycles as well as the technical director of Radon Sport, a race car design and manufacturing firm.

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

The company released a statement confirming that she and members of her family were on the plane.

"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," it said.

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

"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."

A National Transportation Safety Board accident investigator has been assigned to this case.

Material from The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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