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Body confirmed to be man who fell from plane

MIAMI (AP) - Miami-Dade police say they've confirmed that a body found in waters off South Florida is that of a man who fell from a private plane.

An autopsy on Monday confirmed that the body found in a mangrove area Saturday morning was that of 42-year-old Gerardo Nales.

Investigators weren't immediately releasing a cause of death, but no evidence of foul play has been reported.

The pilot of the Piper PA 46 called for help Thursday afternoon, 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, about eight miles southeast of the airport.


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