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Plane wreckage carrying NYC event designer, 2 kids found off Bahamas

By Doug G. Ware and Allen Cone
Plane wreckage carrying NYC event designer, 2 kids found off Bahamas
This is a photo of of overdue aircraft, MU-2B airplane, tail number N220N, carrying four people, including an event designer. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard/Jetphotos.com

May 16 (UPI) -- Debris from a missing plane carrying a New York City event designer and her two sons was spotted in the waters off The Bahamas on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Jennifer Blumin, 40, of Manhattan, her two boys, ages 3 and 4; and pilot Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, N.H., were reported missing on Monday after their small plane was listed overdue in Titusville, Fla., authorities said.

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A helicopter crew discovered the debris about 15 miles east of Eleuthera, which is east of New Providence in the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said.

A swimmer from the helicopter pulled up several items from the wreckage, including a seat. None of the plane's occupants were found.

"We're continuing to search for survivors in that area," Petty Officer Eric Woodall said to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We'll adjust our pattern and the search will continue. This is certainly a big discovery and shows where the plane is or last was."

The Coast Guard is conducting a search for the MU-2B airplane, which left Puerto Rico on Monday.

A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter searched Monday for the plane. In addition, a cutter was diverted to aid in the search, which also involves U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force.

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Blumin is the founder of Skylight Group, a company that puts together events like fashion shows, photo shoots and corporate events.

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