Plane with 2 adults, 2 children from US missing in Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities were searching Tuesday in the Bahamas for a small overdue plane with four people from the U.S. on board, including two children.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the twin-engine MU-2B was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane. It was en route from Puerto Rico and never made it to its destination of Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida.

The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich, 53, of Lee, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin of New York, along with her 4-year-old and 10-year-old sons.

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,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.

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 she owned, according to New York State and aviation records.

Coast Guard aircraft were searching along with Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force about 40 miles east of Eleuthera. A Coast Guard cutter was dispatched to the area and was expected to arrive later Tuesday to assist with the search.

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