US Coast Guard continues search for survivors from missing airplane

Friday, May 19, 2017

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MIAMI, United States (CMC) – The US Coast Guard up to late Wednesday was continuing to search for survivors from an aeroplane that went missing off the coast of the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas on Monday.Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City; Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire; and Blumin's two and three-year-old sons.

The US Coast Guard reported that shortly after 3:00 pm Wednesday a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a fuel sheen and a debris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera.

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

Some aeroplane components recovered from the debris were confirmed to be from an MU-2B aerplane.

On Monday, the Coast Guard Command Centre received a report from Air Traffic Control at the Miami International Airport that they had lost radar and radio contact from an MU-2B aeroplane approximately 37 miles east of Eleuthera.

Communication was reported to be lost at 24,000 feet with a speed of 300 knots.

The aeroplane departed Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at approximately 11:00 am Monday en route to Titusville, Florida.

Rescue crews have searched for over 30 hours covering more than 8,200 square miles.

Officials from Customs and Border Patrol, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Air Force have also assisted in the search.

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

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