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Passenger falls out of plane into ocean off Miami coast

Last Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:18

Zee Media Bureau

Miami: In a shocking incident, a passenger fell out of a plane into the ocean off Miami.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, the plane was flying at about 2,000 feet (609 meters) when the call came in.

Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue air and water units were searching an area southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport, where the plane safely landed. It wasn`t immediately clear where the flight originated or how many people were on board.

As per a recording on LiveATC.Net, the website which provides live air traffic-control broadcasts from control towers and radar facilities around the world, 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 (9 kilometres) 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."

Both the Coast Guard and fire rescue officials said it wasn`t immediately confirmed that the pilot`s emergency call was legitimate. The Miami-Dade Police Department sent detectives to the airport to further investigate, a spokeswoman said.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:18

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