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Florida plane-plunge body found

Police believe they have found the body of Florida man who fell from a private plane into the waters off South Florida.

They presume the body found in a mangrove area on Saturday is that of 42-year-old Gerardo Nales but are waiting on official identification from the medical examiner.

The pilot of the Piper PA 46 called for help on Thursday radioing "mayday, mayday, mayday" and telling an air traffic controller that a door was open and a passenger had fallen from the plane. The aircraft had just taken off from Tamiami Executive Airport

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the plane was flying at about 2,000 feet, some eight miles southeast of the Tamiami airport.

AP

Authorities said investigators have no evidence of foul play.

The pilot's identity has not been released, nor has the intended destination of the plane. Authorities said there were only two people on board.

According to a report on the website Live ATC.Net, the pilot calmly radioed the air traffic controller. LiveATC.Net provides live air traffic control broadcasts from control towers and radar facilities around the world.

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

"You said you've got a passenger that fell out of your plane?" the air traffic controller responded.

"That's correct, sir," the pilot said. "He opened the back door and he just fell out the plane."

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