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Body Found in Fla. Mangroves Is Man Who Fell From Plane: Police

The body of Gerardo Nales, 42, was found just south of SW 184 Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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    The body of the passenger who reportedly fell out of a small plane into the ocean has likely been found, according to Miami-Dade Police. Police said they believe a body found in a mangrove area just south of SW 184 Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday is 42-year-old Gerardo Nales, but authorities said they are waiting for official identification from the Medical Examiner's Office. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports. (Published Saturday, Nov 16, 2013)

    The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that a body found in a mangrove area in south Miami-Dade is the passenger who reportedly fell out of a small plane into the ocean, Miami-Dade Police said Monday.

    "We are now confirming it's him," said police spokesman Roy Rutland.

    Pilot Identified as Search for Missing Plane Passenger Continues

    [MI] Pilot Identified as Search for Missing Plane Passenger Continues
    Rescue crews continued searching Friday for the passenger of a small plane who reportedly fell out into the ocean near Key Biscayne, as police identified the missing man and NBC 6 learned the identity of the pilot. NBC 6's Willard Shepard has the story. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2013)

    The body of Gerardo Nales, 42, was found just south of SW 184 Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Nales fell out of Piper PA46 Thursday about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Airport with no parachute, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The search for his body went as far south as Turkey Point near Homestead.

    Pilot Says Passenger Fell From Small Plane Into Ocean: FAA

    [MI] Pilot Says Passenger Fell From Small Plane Into Ocean: FAA
    Rescue crews searched waters off Key Biscayne on Thursday after a man reportedly fell out of a private plane with no parachute about 2,000 feet into the ocean. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports. (Published Thursday, Nov 14, 2013)

    The pilot was identified to NBC 6 South Florida as Felipe Fons, who received his commercial and instrument certifications when he attended Dean's International Aviation flight school at Tamiami Airport.

    In the mayday call Fons made to air traffic controllers, he described the bizarre incident.

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

    A little later, 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.

    The plane took off from a local airport, located at 12800 SW 137th Ave. in Miami.

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

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