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Authorities launched a frantic search on Thursday after a pilot reported a passenger fell out of the plane.
"Mayday, mayday, mayday!" "I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down." "He opened the backdoor and he fell out of the plane." (Via ABC)
The aircraft was reportedly flying at 1,800 feet above Miami's Biscayne Bay at the time of the incident. The pilot reported being roughly eight miles away from Tamiami Executive Airport when he called air traffic control. (Via KSAZ)
After making the distress call, the unidentified pilot landed safely at the airport, and Miami-Dade Police and the U.S. Coast Guard began their search for the possible passenger in the water. (Via WINK)
"The pilot is very cooperative with the investigation. He's been talking to them all afternoon." (Via WTVJ)
But authorities say they found nothing after several hours, and they called back the planes, helicopters and rescue boats just before nightfall. (Via WXXA)
Officials are expected to resume the search early Friday morning, but they aren't very hopeful they'll find the unnamed passenger alive.
A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police told the Miami Herald, "It’s safe to say someone falling out of an airplane without a parachute is going to be deceased."
Police say their homicide unit will continue to look into the incident, as they do with all unusual deaths.
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