Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Coast Guard Finds Missing Plane Near Bahamas


MIAMI, Florida – The Coast Guard continues to search for survivors Tuesday after locating a debris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, during a search for an airplane that was reported missing Monday.


At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a debris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

The helicopter crew was able to lower a rescue swimmer and retrieve some of the debris to transfer ashore for identification.

Watch standers with the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center received a report from Miami Air Traffic Control at 2:10 p.m. Monday of lost radar and radio contact from of a MU-2B airplane approximately 37 miles east of Eleuthera. Communication was reported to be lost at 24,000 feet with a speed of 300 knots.

The airplane departed Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at approximately 11 a.m. Monday en route to Titusville, Florida.

Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City, Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.


The Coast Guard confirmed that this debris are components of an MU-2B aircraft recovered 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Photo credit: USCG

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules airplane crew searched Monday for the overdue plane. A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 Hercules airplane and an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew are searching Tuesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber was also diverted to assist in the search.

Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are assisting in the search.


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