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Search resumes for passenger who reportedly fell from small plane into ocean

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(NBC) - Rescue crews resumed the search Friday for the passenger of a small plane who reportedly fell out into the ocean near Key Biscayne resumed Friday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and U.S. Coast Guard crews expanded the search for a man who reportedly fell out of a Piper PA46 on Thursday. Authorities were searching by sea and air from Haulover Beach south to Turkey Point because of currents and weather conditions.

The plane's pilot said the passenger fell about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Airport with no parachute, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane, which was about 2,000 feet in the air at the time of the incident, later landed safely at the airport, and a massive search by sea and air began. The search was postponed Thursday night because of bad weather and poor visibility.

Miami-Dade aviation and marine units, along with other local agencies, were searching for the man on Friday.

Police have not indicated any evidence of foul play and the pilot was very cooperative with the investigation, authorities said.

In the mayday call to air traffic controllers posted on the website, the pilot reported the bizarre incident.

"I have a door ajar, and a passenger that fell down. I am six miles from Tamiami," the pilot said.

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A little later in the exchange, the air traffic controller asks: "So you said you had a passenger who fell out of your plane?"

"That is correct, sir. He opened the back door, and he just fall down the plane," the pilot said.

Authorities haven't released the identity of the pilot or missing passenger.

The plane took off from a Miami airport.

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