Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mitsubishi MU-2B-40, N220N, Ithaca Consulting Inc: Fatal accident occurred May 15, 2017 in Eleuthera, Bahamas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Mitsubishi; Dallas, Texas
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Ithaca Consulting Inc:   http://registry.faa.gov/N220N

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA181
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 15, 2017 in Eleuthera, Bahamas
Aircraft: MITSUBISHI MU2B, registration: N220N
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 15, 2017, at 1339 eastern daylight time, radar and voice communication were lost with a Mitsubishi MU2B-40 airplane, N220N, over international waters near Eleuthera, Bahamas. Debris associated with the airplane was found floating amidst a fuel sheen the following day. The United States Coast Guard conducted a search by air and sea for 3 days, but the commercial pilot and three passengers were not found. The airplane departed Rafael Hernandez Airport (TJBQ), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, about 1100 and was destined for Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the airplane was a recent purchase, and registered January 23, 2017. A review of the airplane's flight history revealed that it was flown on the same route as the accident flight several times during the 4 months that the pilot operated the airplane.

Preliminary radar and voice communication information from the FAA revealed the airplane departed TJBQ, climbed to FL240 (24,000 ft), and maintained the same relative heading, airspeed and altitude for about 2.5 hours. The airplane was handled by the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZMA) as it entered an area of overlapping radar coverage. The overlapping facilities were ZMA, Nassau Approach Control, and Grand Turks Radar.

ZMA management reported that radar targets transitioning this area at "low" altitude will enter "coast" status for about 1 minute before the targets are fully reacquired. After approximately 3 minutes in a coast status, the ZMA controller attempted to contact N220N without success. There were no further communications with the airplane despite multiple attempts by air traffic control, and no further radar targets that could be associated with the airplane were acquired. The floating debris and fuel sheen were in an area consistent with the airplane's final radar target.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued December 12, 2016, and the pilot reported 1,480 total hours of flight experience on that date.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1981. Its most recent annual inspection was completed December 30, 2016 at 4,634.2 total aircraft hours. The airplane was scheduled for a 100-hour inspection to be performed on May 16, 2017.

At 1400, the weather recorded at Linden Pindling International Airport (MYNN), about 80 miles west of the airplane's track, included scattered clouds at 1,200 ft, a broken ceiling at 3,000 ft, and an overcast ceiling at 10,000 ft, calm wind, and visibility 10 statute miles in light rain. The temperature was 26° C, and the dew point was 23° C. The altimeter setting was 29.97 inches of mercury.

Satellite imagery in the area surrounding the airplane's radar track depicted a consistent cloud layer with cloud tops around FL400 (40,000 ft), and upper air soundings confirmed icing conditions between -10° and -20° C in clouds.

At 1340, a PIREP (pilot report) was issued for light to moderate rime icing. The PIREP was received from a Boeing 737 airplane.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Pilot Nathan Ulrich



MIAMI (AP/NBC) — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a family aboard a Florida bound plane, piloted by a New Hampshire man that disappeared near the Bahamas. 

Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire was piloting the small plane that was taking Jennifer Blumin, a prominent  New York businesswoman, and her 3- and 4-yer-old sons to Florida. 

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane. It was en route from Puerto Rico and never made it to its destination of Titusville, on the northeastern coast of Florida.

Debris that appeared to be from a plane and an oil slick was spotted in the search area east of Eleuthera but authorities were still trying to determine whether it came from the missing plane, said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Coast Guard officials searched through the night Monday. 

Blumin was founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, specializing in the fashion industry. The company released a statement confirming that she and members of her family were on the plane.

"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said.

Their plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control lost contact. "There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time," Kelly said.

Ulrich was listed as the pilot but it was not known who was flying it at the time, the spokesman said. Blumin owned the plane through a consulting company, according to New York State and aviation records.


Coast Guard aircraft were searching along with Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Eleuthera. A Coast Guard cutter was dispatched to the area and was expected to arrive later Tuesday to assist with the search.





MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Airplane debris found floating in the water about 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas is from the same type of plane that vanished on Monday with four people on board.

The Coast Guard began their search for the MU-2B aircraft on Monday after Miami Air Traffic Control lost radar and radio contact from the pilot around 2:10 p.m. Communication was lost with the aircraft traveling at 24,000 feet at a speed of 300 knots about 37 miles east of Eleuthera.

On Tuesday, they reported they had spotted some debris.

“It’s confirmed to be from the type of aircraft that is overdue but we haven’t been able to tie it definitively to that plane, but it is believed to be from that plane,” said Petty Officer Eric Woodall.

Woodall told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the items included a piece of a seat and a removable tag which is more commonly known as an engine intake exhaust plug.

Onboard the plane at the time it disappeared were Jennifer Blumin, 40, her two sons, ages 3 and 4, and the boyfriend, Nathan Ulrich, 52, who was the pilot.

Blumin is a well-known CEO for the company Skylight Group, which specializes in finding event space around the greater New York City area.

Ulrich, who flew for the Coast Guard Auxiliary for nine years, is an engineer and designer of high performance race cars. He is from Lee, New Hampshire.

The Coast Guard said the plane took off from Borinquen, Puerto Rico around 11 a.m. and was headed to Titusville.

It’s not known what happened to the plane.

Monday’s and Tuesday’s search off the Bahamas involved a Coast Guard helicopter, a cutter, and three planes. Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force also assisted in the search.

Woodall said the search was aided by the good weather.

“Conditions are favorable ,” he said. “There have been good conditions for the search since Monday. And we have had mild seas.”

On Wednesday, the search force was scaled back to a C-130 plane and a cutter.

The search has covered more than 8,200 miles over a 30 hour period.

Story and video:  http://miami.cbslocal.com




The Coast Guard said Tuesday it's now searching for survivors after it found a debris field in Bahamian waters where a plane disappeared while carrying a prominent New York executive and her two sons, along with the pilot. 

 Jennifer Blumin, 40, founder and chief executive of the New York fashion event organizer Skylight Group, was aboard the twin-engine MU-2B along with her 3- and 4-year-old sons when the plane fell off radar Monday, Skylight confirmed.

The plane was en route from Puerto Rico to Titusville, Florida, when U.S. air traffic control lost all contact with it east of Eleuthera island about 1:30 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Coast Guard said a search-and-rescue helicopter crew spotted the debris field Tuesday afternoon 15 miles east of Eleuthera. What had been a search for a missing plane is now a search for survivors, it said. 

Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire, was listed as the pilot of the plane, which is owned by Blumin. In a post on Facebook, the actress Rae Dawn Chong said Ulrich is her ex-husband, and she asked for "prayers to his family." 

 Ulrich's family said in a statement that they were "devastated and shocked" to learn that the plane went missing.

"Nathan is our beloved son, brother and uncle and we wish for resolution as the Coast Guard search continues," the family said. "Our prayers and thoughts are with the Blumin family and (the father of the children) James Ramsey in this difficult time." 

Original article can be found here:  http://www.nbcnews.com

Searchers on Tuesday spotted debris from a plane that disappeared over the Bahamas with four people on board, including a New York woman and her two children, the Coast Guard said.

Air-traffic controllers in Miami lost contact with the Mitsubishi multi-engine plane about three hours after it departed Monday from Puerto Rico, bound for Titusville, Fla., said Eric Woodall, a Coast Guard spokesman.

He identified the plane’s passengers as Jennifer Blumin and her two sons, 3 and 4 years old, and Nathan Ulrich. Ms. Blumin, 40, is the founder of Skylight Group, a high-end event management firm.

It isn’t clear who was piloting the plane. Public records show that Mr. Ulrich, 52, from Lee, N.H., has had a pilot’s license since at least 2008.

Stephanie Blake, a spokeswoman for Ms. Blumin’s company, confirmed that the plane carrying Ms. Blumin and members of her family was missing. “Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time,” Ms. Blake said in a statement.

The Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 plane, which typically holds six to seven passengers, left Borinquen, Puerto Rico, around 11 a.m. ET Monday. It was 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, traveling at 300 knots at a height of 24,000 feet, when Miami Air Traffic Control lost contact with it shortly after 2 p.m.

At about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard helicopter spotted debris from the plane 3 miles east of Eleuthera, Mr. Woodall said.

“We’re certainly factoring that into our search patterns,” he said. “And continuing to search for survivors.”

Mr. Woodall said a Coast Guard swimmer was dropped into the ocean to gather some of the debris and bring it back to shore for analysis.

“It’s a pretty expansive search area,” Mr. Woodall said, adding that it encompassed 810 square miles.

On Tuesday, a family member of Mr. Ulrich didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment and, separately, family members for Ms. Blumin requested privacy.

Ms. Blumin’s company puts on fashion shows and other large marketing events. The firm’s specialty is staging events in unused, raw spaces in noteworthy buildings.

In a 2013 article in The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Blumin was noted as the co-author of “Power Sleep: Preparing the Mind for Peak Performance.”

The Coast Guard sent a C-130 airplane crew to search the area on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday sent an additional helicopter.

Mr. Woodall said the Coast Guard deployed the more-than-100-foot-long Bernard C. Webber patrol boat to search for the plane and was expected to arrive on scene Tuesday afternoon.

Original article can be found here:  https://www.wsj.com

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has located a debris field believed to be the wreckage of a Florida-bound plane with four people on board, including a prominent New York businesswoman and her two children, that went missing in the Bahamas after leaving Puerto Rico. 

The Coast Guard tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the agency's Southeast helicopter crew found a debris field about 15 miles east of Eleuthera, and were continuing to search for survivors.

The debris appeared to be from a plane and an oil slick was spotted in the search area but authorities were still trying to determine whether it came from the missing plane, said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.

 "We are still searching and that search is going to go on through the night and into tomorrow," Kelly said.

The twin-engine MU-2B was about 37 miles east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane at 2:10 p.m., the Coast Guard said. It was was en route to Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida, but never made it to its destination.

The passengers on board the plane were identified as Jennifer Blumin, 40, of New York, and her 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons. Kelly 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.

Blumin is the founder and CEO of Skylight Group, a New York-based event space company specializing in the fashion industry. Skylight confirmed Blumin and members of her family were on the plane in a statement.

"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said.

Blumin is married to architect James Ramsey. The couple was featured in an Open House New York video in 2015.

Their plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control lost contact. Officials said it's unknown why the plane never made it to its destination.

"There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time," Kelly said.

Blumin owned the plane through a consulting company she owned, according to New York State and aviation records. 

Ulrich was a Coast Guard Auxiliarist out of Air Station Cape Cod from 2005 to 2014.

Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are assisting the Coast Guard in the search.

Story and video:   http://www.nbcmiami.com

Authorities were searching Tuesday in the Bahamas for a small overdue plane with four people from the U.S. on board, including a prominent New York businesswoman and her two children.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the twin-engine MU-2B was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane. It was en route from Puerto Rico and never made it to its destination of Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida.

The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin of New York, along with her 4-year-old and 10-year-old sons.

Blumin, 40, was founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, specializing in the fashion industry. The company confirmed she and members of her family were on the plane in a statement.

"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said.

Their plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control lost contact. "There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time," said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Ulrich was listed as the pilot but it was not known who was flying it at the time, Kelly said. Blumin owned the plane through a consulting company, according to New York State and aviation records.

Coast Guard aircraft were searching along with Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force about 40 miles east of Eleuthera. A Coast Guard cutter was dispatched to the area and was expected to arrive later Tuesday to assist with the search.

Original article can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com

1 comment:

Victor Salerno said...

When will those rich guys stop killing themselves on those small planes. Another CEO goes down.