Coast Guard Searching For Missing MU-2 (Corrected)

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The Coast Guard said late Tuesday that is has spotted debris in the water near where a missing Mitsubishi MU-2B is believed to have disappeared on Monday. The flight was en route from Puerto Rico to Florida when controllers lost radar contact with it 15 miles east of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Onboard the aircraft was the pilot, Nathan Ulrich, CEO of the Skylight Group, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Blumin. Also aboard were believed to be Blumin's two young children. Blumin founded Skylight Studios, which refurbishes derelict buildings and turns them into event spaces. Ulrich is the founder and co-owner of Xootr, a manufacturer of kick scooters and folding bicycles.

The debris was sighted about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday by a Coast Guard helicopter. However, the agency did not confirm that it came from the missing MU-2. The airplane was cruising westbound at FL 240 on Monday morning when it dropped out of radar contact. No significant weather was reported in the area and ATC reported no distress call. A Coast Guard cutter was dispatched to the scene on Tuesday afternoon. 

Comments (6)

The most probable cause would be pilot incapacitated by either loss of pressurization or medical. I say this because of the lack of any contact. God bless these souls.

Posted by: allen churchwell | May 17, 2017 9:01 AM    Report this comment

I know that plane, bet it iced up!

Posted by: COLLIN REESE JONES | May 18, 2017 1:37 AM    Report this comment

Jennifer Blumin is the CEO of the Skylight group, not Nathan Ulrich.

Posted by: Mike Zeeee | May 18, 2017 8:16 AM    Report this comment

Had a similar occurrence in this area about 30 years ago. A fellow hauling checks was in level flight at FL180 and shed a prop. The airframe started shedding parts and he crashed in a matter of seconds. Sad thing was that he had his wife and two young daughters onboard.

Posted by: Marion Seckinger | May 18, 2017 9:35 AM    Report this comment

It sure sounds like hypoxia ... no warning ... no distress call! Sad.

Posted by: Thomas Beck | May 19, 2017 3:04 PM    Report this comment

I would suspect he had the AP on so probably something more sudden

Posted by: Anthony Varga | May 21, 2017 6:30 AM    Report this comment

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