Bahamas (PPN) – Four people are missing after a small plane carrying them disappeared in the Bahamas. A debris field was recently found by U.S. Coast Guards.
The Coast Guard tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the agency’s Southeast helicopter crew found a debris field about 15 miles east of Eleuthera, and were continuing to search for survivors. The plane left Puerto Rico for Florida, where the plane was based.
The debris appeared to be from a plane and an oil slick was spotted in the search area but authorities were still trying to determine whether it came from the missing plane, said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.
“We are still searching and that search is going to go on through the night and into tomorrow,” Kelly said.
A mother, her two children, and the pilot were reportedly on the plane last. They were identified as Jennifer Blumin, 40, of New York, and her 3 and 4-year-old sons. Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire was the last listed pilot.
Blumin is the founder and CEO of Skylight Group, a New York-based event space company specializing in the fashion industry. Skylight confirmed Blumin and members of her family were on the plane in a statement.
“Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time,” the company said.
Blumin is married to architect James Ramsey. The couple was featured in an Open House New York video in 2015.
According to officials, their plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control lost contact.
“There’s no indication of significant adverse weather at the time,” Kelly said.
Blumin owned the plane through a consulting company she owned, according to New York State and aviation records.