Coast Guard suspends search for plane crash survivors off Bahamas

Last Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:53 PM EDT

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday evening that it has suspended its search for survivors of a plane crashed off the Bahamas.  

A MU-2B airplane carrying four people disappeared from radar Monday afternoon. It was headed to Titusville.

The Coast Guard says Miami Air Traffic Control reported it had lost radio contact with the plane approximately 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

According to the Coast Guard, the plane departed Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at 11 a.m. Monday.

Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City; Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, N.H.; and Blumin’s 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons were aboard.

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard found debris about 15 miles east of Eleuthera.

The search was suspended at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. The U.S. Air Force, Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force assisted with the search.

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

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board has been assigned to the case.