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Passenger Falls Out of Plane After Takeoff, According to FAA

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot of a Piper PA 46 reported to them that a passenger fell from aircraft on Thursday afternoon.

The pilot told the FAA that he had been flying at 1,800 feet, about eight miles southeast of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, when the passenger fell out of the plane.

The pilot called "Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! His door was ajar," according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The FAA immediately notified the Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Search and Rescue, who have been searching for the passenger. According to the Miami Herald, the passenger fell out of the plane at around 1:30 p.m. shortly after take off Thursday afternoon.

The report says the pilot flew back to the airport immediately after the incident.

The FAA then contacted the authorities, according to agency spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

But, at 3:50 p.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Public Information Officer, Arnold Piedrahita Jr., tweeted that the search had been called off.

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