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.)

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Libris Fidelis
Nov 15, 2013 12:00 PM CST
The door was "ajar" ?????? The pilot would even taxi before tale-off without first ensuring that his plane was secure? What about the seat belts? What kind of a "pilot" is this ???? Homicide, we got a job for YOU !!!!
2broke
Nov 14, 2013 10:18 PM CST
possible murder, used excuse for the falling out as cover story.
Tom Flores
Nov 14, 2013 8:37 PM CST
The Piper PA 46 has a door that opens down and has stairs built in. If the Passenger was in his seat there would be no way he could fall out I have to agree ChopperPilot he jump. The door can not open by it's self try this while going down the road at 40 MPH try to open your door the wind pressure keeps it closed unless you push on it. Also I am sure there is a warning light & buzzer if the door is ajar like in your car.