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Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

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MIAMI – Rescue crews searched an area southeast of Miami after a pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that a passenger fell out of his small plane into the ocean Thursday.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the call came at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the pilot of a Piper PA 46 aircraft. The plane was flying at about 2,000 feet when the call came in, she said.

Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue air and water units were searching an area about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport, south of Miami, where the plane safely landed. It wasn't immediately clear where the flight originated or how many people were on board.

According to a recording on the website LiveATC.Net, the unidentified pilot calmly radioed "mayday, mayday, mayday," and told an air traffic controller a door was ajar.

"I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down. I'm six miles from Tamiami," the pilot says.

"You said you've got a passenger that fell out of your plane?" the air traffic controller responds.

"That's correct, sir," the pilot responded. "He opened the back door and he just fell out the plane."

LiveATC.Net provides live air traffic-control broadcasts from control towers and radar facilities around the world.

Both the Coast Guard and fire rescue officials said they hadn't confirmed whether the pilot's emergency call was legitimate. The Miami-Dade Police Department sent homicide detectives to the airport to further investigate, said spokesman Javier Baez. Police have not indicated any evidence of foul play, however.

"We're still gathering as many facts as we can," Baez said.

The Coast Guard had a small boat and a helicopter involved in the search, but Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said they stopped searching about 7 p.m. when it got too dark.

The fire rescue agency had three marine units and two aircraft, said Lt. Arnold Piedrahita, a fire rescue spokesman. It wasn't immediately clear whether they were still searching or when they planned to stop for the night.

According to an email from FAA spokeswoman Bergen, the pilot radioed air traffic controllers at Miami Terminal Radar Approach Control, which provides radar for flights within a 55-mile radius of Miami International Airport. The control center then notified the Coast Guard.

Bergen said in an email late Thursday that she had no new information.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/14/us...-plane-rescue/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1517506
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/14...cean-faa-says/
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Nov. 14, 2013: A passenger fell out of this Piper PA 46 aircraft, which is shown at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in Miami. (WSVN)

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A search is underway for a passenger who fell from a private plane over Biscayne Bay off the coast of Miami.


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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

...ain't that a bitch... probably jumped lol

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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

Definitely a jumper, airplane doors do not just open at their own leisure.

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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

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...ain't that a bitch... probably jumped lol
......or, the perfect murder.

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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

"He opened the back door and he just fell out the plane."

of course thats what happened. Off topic does anyone want to by a bridge?

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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

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"He opened the back door and he just fell out the plane."

of course thats what happened. Off topic does anyone want to by a bridge?
Well, some guy jumped out of a helicopter near the Balboa pier to commit suicide a few weeks back, so anything is possible

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Lot of sharks in those waters.

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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

Someone's trying to get away with murder. The suicide out of a helicopter was in the news very recently, this pilot is just using that story.

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*Man Identified*

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http://miami.cbslocal.com/latest-vid...clipId=9534445

Man Who Fell From Plane Identified, Search Continues

November 15, 2013

MIAMI (CBS4Miami) — The search resumed Friday for a man who reportedly fell into the ocean from a small plane. Exactly what happened to the male passenger in the plane remains a mystery.

However, police have identified the man as 42-year-old Gerardo Nales of Key Biscayne.

The pilot of the plane has not been identified.

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.

In radio transmissions on the website Live ATC.Net, the unidentified pilot calmly radioed the air traffic controller. LiveATC.Net provides live air traffic-control broadcasts from control towers and radar facilities around the world.

“I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down. I’m six miles from Tamiami,” the pilot said.

“You said you’ve got a passenger that fell out of your plane?” the air traffic controller responded.

“That’s correct, sir,” the pilot responded. “He opened the back door and he just fell out the plane.”

“It’s reasonable, anybody that falls from an aircraft without a parachute turns into a recovery effort and not a search and rescue,” explained Lt. John Jenkins with Miami-Dade Police

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the call came at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The plane was flying at about 2,000 feet when the call came in.

Crews began searching an area about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport, south of Miami, where the plane safely landed.

Currently, the search has expanded from the waters off Haulover Beach all the way south to Black Point Marina.

The plane, with some damage to its wing, remains at Tamiami Executive Airport.

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

A police body searches for the man who reportedly fell from plane on Thursday, November 14, 2013. (Source: CBS4)

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Re: Florida Pilot Reports Passenger Fell into Ocean, FAA Says

The majority of people who jump from the S.F. bridge don't survive... there's no chance for him. Can you imagine the impact of his internal organs?!?!

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