Coast Guard Continues Search for Fashion Executive’s Plane

A plane carrying Skylight founder Jennifer Blumin, her two young sons and Nathan Ulrich went missing east of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.


New York, USA: The U.S. Coast Guard’s search for a private plane that was carrying The Skylight Group’s founder Jennifer Blumin continues. As of Wednesday afternoon, crews had covered more than 8,200 square miles in more than 30 hours in a search for the overdue plane east of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

The search team includes representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Customs and Border Control and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. Initially, they were canvassing a search area that encompassed 110 square miles, but that was reduced after a debris field was found 15 miles east of Eleuthera on Tuesday afternoon. After a Coast Guard helicopter crew was able to lower a rescue swimmer and retrieve some of the debris to transfer ashore for identification, some airplane components from the debris were confirmed to be from an MU-2B airplane.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew and a Coast Guard airplane crew were on scene searching for survivors.

Blumin, 40, was traveling in a twin-engine Mitsubishi plane with her three- and four-year-old sons, and Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, N.H. They were en route to Titusville, Fla., from Borinquen, Puerto Rico. Miami’s air traffic control contacted the U.S. Coast Guard at 2:10 p.m. after the plane lost radar and radio contact about 37 miles east of Eleuthera.

As of early Tuesday evening, it was not known who was piloting the plane although Ulrich was listed as the pilot, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

A graduate of Cornell University, Blumin started the Skylight Group in 2004. Building on the concept of re-envisioning historical spaces and converting them for high-end event use, Skylight Group now consists of a portfolio of commercial real estate options in New York City and San Francisco.

Blumin has helped woo designers and fashion brands to such locations as Skylight Clarkson Sq, Clarkson North, Modern, Skylight on Spring, 195 Broadway, Iron Works, 300 Vesey, One Hanson in Brooklyn and Moynihan Station, which at one time processed 90 percent of the mail in the U.S. The latter, the McKim, Mead & White-designed James A. Farley Post Office building, was popular for its vast seating, hosting a range of New York Fashion Week shows and presentations over the years. Thom Browne, Prabal Gurung, Kanye West, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone and Edun were among the many who staged events at Skylight venues.

In fall 2015, IMG shifted New York Fashion Week to two spaces: Skylight at Moynihan Station at 360 West 33rd Street and Skylight Clarkson Sq at 550 Washington Street. The shows had been held at Lincoln Center for five years. At that time, IMG declined to disclose the length of the contract for the new sites, but said it was a multiyear deal.

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