Nassau: A wealthy Tribeca event planner, her pilot boyfriend and two young sons have disappeared in a plane in the Bermuda Triangle, authorities said Tuesday.
The group had just spent Mother’s Day in Puerto Rico and were flying to Titusville, Fla., when their small twin-engine plane disappeared around 2:10 p.m. Monday, according to officials and the pilot’s last Instagram posting.
On board were Jennifer Blumin, 40, Nathan Ulrich, 52, and Blumin’s 4-year-old and 2-year-old sons, authorities and family said.
“It’s a search and rescue,” said US Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric Woodall. “We’re searching as long as we think we can find them alive.”
The plane went off the radar near the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and search efforts are focused on that area, officials said.
The MU-2B aircraft was at 24,000 feet when it vanished from radar and radio contact with air traffic controllers in Miami, the Coast Guard said.
The plane had taken off from Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, at 11:08 a.m. local time Monday and was supposed to land at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville at 2:44 p.m., according to aviation records.
“There’s no indication of significant adverse weather at the time,” said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly.
Blumin is the owner of Skylight, an ultra-hip event producer that caters to the film industry.
The father of her boys is James Ramsey, owner of Raad, a Tribeca design studio. According to a 2105 New York Times article, the older boy’s name is Phineas and the younger son is Theodore.
“We just found out about [the plane],’’ a grim-faced Raad employee said Tuesday.
Ulrich owns Xootr, which makes folding scooters. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, according to his Facebook page.
His last Instagram posting over the weekend was from a Puerto Rican eatery.
“Mother of a day @cartabuena #rincon,’’ the post says.
Blumin studied at Cornell University, her online account says.
The Coast Guard has a C-130 plane, cutter and helicopter searching an 810-square-mile area along with a Border Patrol Dash 8 patrol airplane, Woodall said.
The Royal Bahamas Defense Force is regularly calling airstrips and docks in the area, asking pilots and boat captains if they’ve seen any wreckage.