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UPDATE: Search to resume for man who fell from plane

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Authorities in South Florida say they plan to resume the search for a man who reportedly fell into the ocean from a small plane.

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MIAMI (AP) -- Authorities in South Florida say they plan to resume the search for a man who reportedly fell into the ocean from a small plane.

The call for help came Thursday afternoon, when the pilot of a Piper PA 46 aircraft radioed "mayday, mayday, mayday," and told an air traffic controller that a door was ajar and a passenger had fallen from the plane.

Crews from U.S. Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue searched into the evening. Crews are expected to continue the search Friday morning.

Police spokesman Javier Baez says they have no evidence of foul play, and are gathering as much evidence as possible.

Both the Coast Guard and fire rescue officials say they had not determined if the call was legitimate.


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The Coast Guard has suspended a search of waters southeast of Miami for the evening, after a pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that a passenger fell out of his small plane into the ocean this afternoon.

The FAA says the Piper PA 46 aircraft was flying at about 2,000 feet when the call came in. Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue air and water units were searching an area about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport, where the plane safely landed. It's not clear where the flight originated or how many people had been on board.

In a recording of a mayday call on the website LiveATC.Net, the unidentified pilot tells an air traffic controller that the passenger opened the plane's back door and fell out and that the door was ajar.

The Coast Guard and fire rescue officials say they have not confirmed whether the pilot's emergency call was legitimate. The Miami-Dade Police Department has sent homicide detectives to the airport to further investigate.


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A pilot has reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that a passenger fell out of his small plane into the ocean southeast of Miami.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the call came at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the pilot of a Piper PA 46 aircraft.

Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue air and water units were searching an area about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport, where the plane safely landed.

No further details were immediately available.


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