- A twin-engine turboprop plane that departed Puerto Rico for Florida Monday vanished somewhere off the Bahamas.
The people on board the plane were identified as Jennifer Blumin of NY and Nathan Ulrich of Lee, New Hampshire along with his two sons.
At 2:10 p.m., air traffic controllers in Miami reported the plane was approximately 37 miles east of Eleuthera in the Bahamas when radar and radio contact was lost. What had been a search for a missing plane is now a search for survivors, it said.
Assisting the Coast Guard in the search, which began by air on Monday, were the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.More news: Law Enforcement Memorial Honors Sacrifice of Fallen Officers, Surviving Families
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Blumin is the founder and chief executive of Skylight Group, a Manhattan firm that finds venues for top fashion shows.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story gave the incorrect home state for Nathan Ulrich based on information provided by the Coast Guard. The couple were profiled in a 2015 New York Times article after they bought a TriBeCa loft.
The US Coast Guard said there was "no indication" of bad weather when the plane went missing. Officials said it's unknown why the plane never made it to its destination. Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman, confirmed Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire was listed as the pilot but it was not known who was flying the plane when it disappeared. In a post on Facebook, the actress Rae Dawn Chong said Ulrich is her ex-husband, and she asked for "prayers to his family".