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U.S. Coast Guard officials said debris found in the Bermuda Triangle came from a twin-engine MU-2B, the same plane that had four people, including a Lee pilot, on board when it went missing in this region Monday. (COURTESY))

Search for missing plane piloted by NH man continues in Bermuda Triangle


U.S. Coast Guard officials said debris found in the Bermuda Triangle came from a twin-engine MU-2B, the same plane that had four people, including a Lee pilot, on board when it went missing in the region Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday that it was investigating the incident as Coast Guard crews continued the search for survivors covering more than 8,200 square miles over 30 hours just east of the island of Eleuthera,

Meanwhile, the family of Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee put out a statement as did the family of the owner of the missing plane, New York fashion industry executive, Jennifer Blumin, 40. The other two passengers on board were Blumin’s sons, 3 and 4-years- old.

“We were devastated and shocked to learn that Nathan, Jennifer and her children have been missing since leaving from Puerto Rico on Monday,” said the statement from Ulrich’s brother, Karl. “Nathan is our beloved son, brother and uncle and we wish for resolution as the Coast Guard search continues. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Blumin family and James Ramsey in this difficult time.”

According to published reports, Blumin has been in a long-term relationship with James Ramsey, president of RAAD Studio, an award-winning architecture and building design practice based in New York.

Blumin is CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City.

The debris pieces were spotted by a helicopter crew Tuesday and a rescue swimmer retrieved materials to take ashore for identification.

Coast Guard officials said part of a seat and an air intake plug were found, along with a fuel slick within the debris field.

Ulrich, listed as the pilot, was taking the Blumins on a scheduled flight from Puerto Rico to Titusville, Fla., when the plane went missing, officials said.

He is the ex-husband of Canadian-American actress Rae Dawn Chong. Chong is known for roles in “The Color Purple” and “Commando,” but is perhaps best known as the daughter of comedian and actor Tommy Chong.

“My ex-hubby’s plane is missing over the Bermuda Triangle,” Chong posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon. “I am sad and in shock. So send prayers to his family. Thanks.”

According to Ulrich’s Facebook page, he’s single, a graduate of Oyster River High School, a former scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a former pilot with the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Cape Cod and the co-founder of Xootr, a New York-based company that manufactures scooters and folding bicycles.

klandrigan@unionleader.com