A small plane with four Americans on board has disappeared over the infamous Bermuda Triangle.
The twin-engine plane departed from Borinquen in Puerto Rico on Monday (15 May), but never made it to its destination in Titusville in Florida.
It was cruising at 24,000ft (8,000m), but lost contact with air-traffic controllers in Miami as it glided over the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.
The plane has yet to be located, but the US Coast Guard (USCG) reported that debris and an oil slick was discovered 15 miles (24km) east of the island on Tuesday.
It is yet to be confirmed whether the debris was linked to the disappearance, however the USCG said it was searching the area for any survivors.
Authorities confirmed that the plane had been carrying Nathan Ulrich, 52, who piloted the plane; Jennifer Blumin, 40, a prominent New York CEO and her two children, Phineas and Theodore, aged four and two.
Blumin was founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, with a focus on the fashion industry. Her company released a statement confirming that she and her children were missing.
"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said.
Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are reportedly assisting the USCG with the search.
"There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time," a Coast Guard spokesman said.
Last year, scientists claimed to have solved the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, stating that hexagonal clouds create winds of up to 170mph that disrupt the journeys of boats and planes.
It is believe that over 1,000 people have died in the Bermuda Triangle in the last 100 years and the 500,000km square patch is said to be responsible for the disappearance of 75 planes and hundreds of ships.
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