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Man Falls Out of Plane Into Ocean Off Miami Coast

If there's one flying fear worse than your plane crashing, it's maybe the thought of falling out the door.

That's apparently exactly what happened to a man who was a passenger on a small plane today while the aircraft was flying southeast of Miami.

Around 1:30 p.m., the plane's pilot reported to the FAA that a passenger had fallen out. The incident happened about a mile offshore and eight miles from Tamiami Airport.

"We are still trying to ensure that it's a true report. We don't know for sure," U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios told NBC Miami.

The plane involved was a Piper PA-46. It's a small Florida-manufactured aircraft that carries a pilot and up to five passengers. The pilot returned to Tamiami Airport.

The Coast Guard has a marine unit searching for the man. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has a helicopter and three boats on the scene.

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