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Man who fell from plane likely found

on November 17, 2013 1:20 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Authorities said Saturday that they’ve likely found the body of a Florida man who they say fell out of a private plane, three days into a land and sea search that included parts of the Atlantic Ocean near Miami.

The presumed body of 42-year-old Gerardo Nales was found in an area of mangroves around 10:30 a.m., Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.

The pilot’s identity has not been released. Authorities said there were only two people on board.

The pilot of the Piper PA 46 called for help Thursday afternoon, telling an air traffic controller that a door was open and a passenger had fallen from the plane at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.

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