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Authorities search for person who may have fallen out of plane

2:57 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Authorities were searching Biscayne Bay after received a report that a person fell out of a private plane with no parachute at about 2,000 feet in the air.

"We are still trying to ensure that it's a true report. We don't know for sure," said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.

Police, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the Coast Guard were searching for the person by sea and air.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the pilot of a Piper PA 46 aircraft told air traffic controllers that a passenger fell from the aircraft about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Airport, about one mile offshore at around 1:30 p.m.

The plane went on to Tamiami Airport and landed safely, the FAA said.

"The FAA notified the U.S. Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Search and Rescue," the FAA said in an email.

The pilot had contacted FAA air traffic controllers at Miami Terminal Radar Approach Control. This center provides radar service to flights within a 55-mile radius of Miami International Airport.

The Coast Guard was searching with a small boat, and Fire Rescue had three marine units and two planes.

NBC 6 Miami

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