FAA: Fla. pilot says passenger fell into ocean southeast of Miami

Airplane (GENERIC)
Posted at 9:42 AM, Nov 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-15 09:42:00-05

MIAMI (AP) — Rescue crews have searched ocean waters southeast of Miami on Thursday after a pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that a passenger fell out of his small plane into the sea.

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

Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue air and water units were searching 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.