Nov. 15 - Florida authorities are investigating a pilot's claim that a passenger aboard his plane ''fell'' out of his Piper aircraft miles from the Florida coastline. Deborah Gembara reports.
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What happened to a male passenger onboard this plane in southern Florida? That is the question officials are asking a day after its pilot alerted authorities that someone had fallen from his plane.
PILOT: "Mayday, mayday, mayday. I have a door ajar and I'm heading to Tamiami."
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER: "You have a door open. Is that what you're saying?"
PILOT: "I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down. He opened the back door and he just fell down the plane."
The Mayday call - made while the plane was eight miles from Florida shoreline - prompted an exhaustive search of the area by boat and helicopters.
SOUNDBITE: Lt. John Jenkins with Miami-Dade Police
"It's reasonable, anybody that falls from an aircraft without a parachute turns into a recovery effort and not a search and rescue."
Police are now investigating the incident as a possible crime.
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