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Search suspended for missing plane headed for Florida

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The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday night that they suspended the search for missing airplane headed towards Eleuthera, Bahamas.

The plane carried missing mother Jennifer Blumin, her sons, ages 3 and 4, and Nathan Ulrich.

"This was a swift and significant loss and its impact has reverberated through everyone that participated in the search," said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families involved."

The plane was reported missing to the Coast Guard at 2 p.m. Monday. Communication was lost at 24,000 feet according to the Coast Guard.

Officials say the plane departed from Borinquen, Puerto Rico at 11 a.m. Monday and was en route to Titusville, Fla.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard located a fuel sheen and debris that appeared to be from an aircraft, 15 miles east of the Bahamas.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate to determine the cause of the accident.

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