Search in Bermuda Triangle for plane with 4 on board

NEW YORK • Rescue crews have been searching the infamous Bermuda Triangle for a light plane missing since Monday with two adults and two children on board.

The US Coast Guard said rescue workers combing 21,250 sq km of the North Atlantic Ocean have found debris and parts of an MU-2B aircraft - the plane type the group was travelling in - 24km east of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas.

The plane disappeared from radar about an hour into a flight from Puerto Rico to central Florida.

On board were New York event and real estate space entrepreneur Jennifer Blumin, 40, and her sons, Theodore, three, and Phineas, four, whose father is New York architect James Ramsey. The pilot was Ms Blumin's boyfriend, Mr Nathan Ulrich, 52, a founder of Xootr, a manufacturer of folding, adult kick scooters.

"There have been no body parts or survivors found," Mr Eric Woodall, a spokesman for the United States Coast Guard, said.

Over the past 13 years, Ms Blumin, founder and chief executive of Skylight Group, has become a prominent player in the fashion industry, pioneering the practice of taking short-term leases on large, derelict buildings and renting them to clients like Ralph Lauren and Google for parties and fashion shows. When the landlords were ready to sell, or developers began to build, she would find a new space to redevelop in yet another soon-to-gentrify neighbourhood.

She was in Puerto Rico with her children to buy a house, according to a friend. They were joined there by Mr Ulrich, an experienced pilot.

The Bermuda Triangle, or Devil's Triangle, has been highlighted since the 1950s for swallowing up planes and ships - at least 20 planes and 50 ships in the past 100 years, according to The Sun newspaper.

But the theory has also been widely debunked, with counterclaims that the triangle, between Miami in Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, is one of the busiest sea routes in the world and many disappearance claims are faulty.

The Sun reported last year that so-called air bombs, with winds of 270kmh, form in clouds above the triangle and are capable of bringing down aircraft and sinking ships.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2017, with the headline 'Search in Bermuda Triangle for plane with 4 on board'. Print Edition | Subscribe