The father of the two young boys aboard the small plane that went missing near Bahamas bared his pain as the hunt for the aircraft entered its third day.
“I lost what I loved more than anything,” James Ramsey told the Daily News Wednesday.
“I keep hoping it’s not real and I’ll wake up. Wouldn’t wish this pain on the worst person in the world.”
Ramsey’s ex Jennifer Blumin and their two sons, ages 3 and 4, were traveling from Puerto Rico to Florida Monday when the twin-engine turboprop aircraft vanished from radar some 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Also aboard the plane was Blumin’s pilot boyfriend Nathan Ulrich, 52, the ex-husband of actress Rae Dawn Chong.
James Ramsey, former husband of Jennifer Blumin and father of her two children.
The Coast Guard on Wednesday released a photo of debris — believed to match the MU-2B model that Ulrich was piloting — after discovering it a day earlier.
The image shows a piece of a plane seat and an engine intake plug, a safety device used when the plane is parked.
“We’re still working to find something with specifics identifying the plane,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.
The Coast Guard recovered two plane seats and was working to collect more aircraft parts. No bodies or survivors have been found.
The Coast Guard tweeted a photo of debris believed to be from the plane.
The Coast Guard cutter Bernard Webber and a Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., are conducting the search.
Through the night an Air Force AC-144, a C-130 and an HH-60 helicopter were also involved in the hunt for the missing plane.
Blumin and Ramsey were well-known players in the city’s events and design worlds.
Blumin, 40, is the CEO of Skylight Studios, a firm that transforms derelict New York City spots into dazzling event spaces.
Jennifer Blumin was traveling with her sons, ages 3 and 4, and with her boyfriend, pilot Nathan Ulrich, when the aircraft disappeared.
Ramsey, the CEO of RAADstudio, masterminded the planned Lower East Side underground park dubbed the Lowline.
They have two sons — Phineas, 4, and Theodore, 3.
The heartbroken father posted a series of photos of his children and ex on his Facebook page.
“I can’t find the words,” one of his friends wrote.
Nathan Ulrich was flying the plane.
“What awful, unthinkable, heartbreaking news,” wrote another.
Ulrich’s parents also released a statement.
“We were devastated and shocked to learn that Nathan, Jennifer and her children have been missing since leaving from Puerto Rico on Monday,” it read.
“Nathan is our beloved son, brother and uncle and we wish for resolution as the Coast Guard search continues. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Blumin family and James Ramsey in this difficult time.”