Bahamas missing plane: Coast Guard suspends search for aircraft with 4 on board

The United States Coast Guard suspended its search on Thursday for a plane that disappeared near the Bahamas with four Americans, including two children, on board. 

“This was a swift and significant loss and its impact has reverberated through everyone that participated in the search,” Christopher Eddy, the search and rescue mission coordinator, said.  “Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families involved.”

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Search crews spent three days scavenging more than 11,000 miles surrounding Eleuthera, Bahamas, where air traffic control in Miami lost radio and radar contact with the MU-2B aircraft on Monday. The plane — carrying Nathan Ulrich, 52, Jennifer Blumin, 40, and her two sons, ages 3 and 4 — left Borinquen, Puerto Rico about 11 a.m. that day and was heading to Titusville, Florida. 

A helicopter search crew spotted an oil slick and debris about 15 miles east of the island in the Bahamas on Tuesday. The materials were later confirmed to be from a twin-engine Mitsbubishi MU-2B aircraft. 

An accident investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident to determine the cause of the disappearance. 

James Ramsey, the father of Blumin’s two sons, told the New York…

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