I wonder if he really did just 'fall out'....
FAA: Fla. pilot says passenger fell into ocean
The Coast Guard and local authorities mounted an air-and-sea search around Miami and Biscayne Bay on Thursday after a pilot reported that a passenger had fallen from his small single-engine plane while in flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a pilot reported by radio to air traffic controllers that a passenger fell from an open door of his Piper PA 46 airplane around 1:30 p.m. as he was about 8 miles southeast of Tamiami Airport. The pilot landed at that airport without incident.
The Coast Guard was using a 33-foot speedboat to search the bay after darkness fell, Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue used helicopters to search during daylight, he said.
He said the search area was reduced in size by evening and that there were no reported sightings.
Authorities said there was no confirmation beyond the pilot's report.
Miami-Dade police spokesman Javier Baez said the pilot was cooperating with investigators. He said both the pilot and the passenger were adult men, and that the passenger "either fell or jumped'' while the plane was several miles offshore.
Baez characterized the search as a recovery operation. He said it was being handled as a death case by the department's homicide bureau.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue agency declined comment and referred inquiries to police.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the FAA alerted the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities. She referred further questions to them.
The name of the pilot and passenger were not released. It was not known where the flight originated.
In a recording of the pilot's report, available on the website LiveATC.Net, he appears calm as he reports "mayday, mayday, mayday.''
"I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down. I'm six miles 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."
The aircraft, which was at an altitude of about 2,000 feet at the time of the call, is a high-performance single-engine plane that typically seats up to 6 people including the pilot.