Pilot's Panicked Distress Call Claims Man Fell Out of His Plane

Police investigate how Gerardo Nales could have fallen out of the plane mid-flight.
3:00 | 11/16/13

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We're going to turn to that bizarre story in florida, where the pilot radioed in a panicked alert, saying that a passenger fell out of his plane. The coast guard has called off their search for the man. But we are now learning more about who he was and how this could even happen. Abc's tai hernandez is here with more. Hey, tai. Reporter: Hey, bianna. After the pilot's distress call, homicide detectives were set to meet him as he landed. But at this point, there's only one known living witness to what happened. The pilot who says his sole passenger simply fell. This morning, we learn new details about the mystery of the passenger who fell from a private plane in mid-air and the pilot who was flying. Mayday. Mayday. Reporter: We learned the identities of the passenger, 42-year-old gerardo and the pilot. According to wplj. He recently graduated to be a flight instructor. Here he is leaning against a cop car. He was flying the piper off the coast of miami when he radioed that his passenger opened the door and fell 2,000 feet into the atlantic. I have a door ajar. And a passenger just fell down. Reporter: The air traffic controller seemed baffled by the comments and the pilot's tone. That's correct, sir. He opened the back door. And he just fell down the plane. Reporter: Authorities have been searching since thursday for the victim, along with any clues that would help them figure out why or how a door would open in mid flight. Police are looking into the relationship between the pilot and passenger. At this point, they have no evidence of foul play. And it may be very difficult to determine exactly how that passenger left the plane at 1,800 feet. Bizarre story. Very much. Two people onboard. And only one witness at this point. Thanks, tai.

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