The US Coast Guard has located a debris field near the Bahamas, where a private plane carrying four people – including two children and a CEO from New York – went missing in the Bermuda Triangle.
Pilot Nathan Ulrich, 52, of New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin, 40, of New York, who is the Founder and CEO of event venue development firm, Skylight Group, were identified as two of the people onboard.
Blumin’s sons, Phineas, four, and two-year-old Theodore, were also on the plane, authorities confirmed.
The Coast Guard tweeted at 3.30pm on Tuesday that a helicopter crew located ‘debris field approx. 15 mi E of Eleuthera, Bahamas’. Crews are searching for survivors.
According to the Coast Guard, the twin-engine MU-2B turboprop, manufactured by Mitsubishi, was 37 miles east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane around 2.10pm.
The airplane departed Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at approximately 11am Monday and never made it to its destination of Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida.
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.
Coast Guard aircraft, Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are all a part of the search.
A Coast Guard cutter arrived later Tuesday to assist with the search.
Blumin has been featured in numerous media outlets that profiled the Skylight Group, which she founded in 2004. The group specializes in re-conceiving historical spaces and converting them for high-end event use.
Skylight has a portfolio of venues that include Skylight West, Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn and Skylight at Moynihan Station.
Skylight at Moynihan Station is located in the historic James A. Farley Post Office on West 33rd Street across from Penn Station.
Skylight One Hanson was previously the Williamsburg Savings Bank Clocktower in Brooklyn and Skylight Modern on West 27th and 10th Avenue, is a 15,000-square-foot blank canvas created for Fashion Week in 2013.
The group also has a partnership to run private events on the High Line.
As of 2015, Blumin was living in Tribeca with her husband James Ramsey, a principal of the design studio Raad. The pair have two sons together, four-year-old Phineas and two-year-old Theodore.
But the couple’s 19th-century Tribeca loft went on the market earlier this month for $3.7 million.
Ulrich, who was piloting the plane, is the founder and owner of Xootr, a manufacturer of folding kick scooters and folding bicycles.
He was also married to actress Rae Dawn Chong from 2011 to 2014. She tweeted about his plane vanishing shortly after 2pm.
‘My ex-hubby’s (Nathan Ulrich) plane is missing over the Bermuda Triangle. I am sad and in shock. So send prayers to his family. Thanks,’ she tweeted.
In February, Ulrich had to undergo recurrent training in order to pilot the MU-2 aircraft after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Special Federal Air Regulation (SFAR) on the aircraft in 2008.
The SFAR mandates that pilots flying MU-2B planes, which started production in 1963, after 2008 would be required to receive type-specific initial training, as well as recurrent training.
Recurrent training occurs when professional pilots practice emergency procedures as needed and as mandated.
The agency also required that a fully functional autopilot be available for single-pilot operations, and that FAA-approved checklists and operating manuals be on board at all times.
As of 29 March 2016, there have been three fatal accidents involving the MU-2.
According to his Instagram page, Ulrich owns a Cirrus SR20, a piston-engine plane that seats between four and five people. He is also a mechanical engineer and alum of the University of Pennsylvania.
Last year, it was reported that hexagonal clouds creating air bombs with winds of 170mph could be behind the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
Scientists have claimed the stormy blasts can flip ships into the sea and bring planes crashing down into the sea.
The 500,000km square patch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships.
At least 1,000 lives have been lost in the Triangle in the last 100 years. On average, four planes and 20 ships go missing every year.
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