Miami Pilot: My Passenger Fell Out the Door
Coast Guard search is underway
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2013 3:23 PM CST
File photo of a Piper PA 46.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The pilot of a small plane off the coast of Miami radioed the control tower this afternoon with the worst kind of message: “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! His door was ajar." He was referring to a passenger in his Piper PA 46 plane who he said fell into the ocean from about 1,800 feet, reports the Miami Herald. The pilot went on to land safely at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, and the Coast Guard and others are now searching for the passenger about a mile off shore, reports CBS Miami. (The incident follows one earlier this month on the West Coast in which a helicopter passenger jumped into the ocean an apparent suicide.)