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Private Plane Goes Missing Over Bermuda Triangle

| by Alex Scarr

A small plane carrying four people has been declared missing somewhere near the Bermuda Triangle after the pilot lost contact with the ground control on May 15.

Nathan Ulrich, 52, was flying the aircraft from Puerto Rico to the town of Titusville, Florida. Aboard the flight was Jennifer Blumin, 40, and her two sons, Phineas, 4, and Theodore, 2, according to the Daily Mail.

Ulrich lost radio contact with the control tower around 37 miles east of the Bahamas, officials said, reports the New York Daily News. The plane disappeared around 2:10 p.m. on May 15. The plane had departed from Puerto Rico around 11 a.m. Ulrich was piloting the plane around 24,000 feet and at 300 knots when he lost contact with the ground.

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun searching for the aircraft in the airspace and waters surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and a spokesman for the Coast Guard said Ulrich should not have encountered any adverse weather conditions during the flight, according to WNBC.

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The search has officially been classified as a rescue mission, as crews will search 810 square miles in an attempt to find the plane. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, as well as the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, have joined in the search.

Blumin has become well-known for her design firm Skylight Studios, which finds defunct locations around New York City and transforms them into elegant event spaces. She launched Skylight in 2004.

"The event industry was controlled for so many years by big hotels with corporate meeting spaces and ballrooms,” Blumin told New York Daily News in 2011. "That environment, though, is sterile and has nothing to do with brand identity. We help our clients transform our spaces into anything they like. We don’t just run events. We create mystique, and help them spread it virally."

The Bermuda Triangle has long puzzled meteorologists, pilots and sailors due to several unexplained disappearances of planes and ships over the centuries.

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A new theory has emerged that may help explain why planes and ships have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. A researcher at Colorado State University told Science Channel's "What On Earth" that a bizarre cloud formation, called hexagonal clouds, may be the culprit for sinking ships and downing planes.

"These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs," he said, according to Big Think.

"They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean, and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other."

These "air bombs" can reach speeds of 170 miles per hour.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News, WNBC, Big Think / Photo credit: NOAA Photo Library/Flickr

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