Authorities believe they have found debris from a Florida-bound plane near an island in the Bahamas but have not given up searching for the four people on board, including two children and a prominent New York businesswoman, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.
Material recovered from the sea east of the island of Eleuthera was determined to have come from a twin-engine MU-2B plane with which air traffic control lost contact as it traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida on Monday, Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly said.
"The debris does match up with that style of aircraft, and we have notified the family," Kelly said.
A search for the people on board was ongoing and is expected to continue, he said.
The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin, 40, of New York, along with her 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.
Blumin was the founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, mainly in the fashion industry.
"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said in a statement.
The plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control in Miami lost contact with it.