Coast Guard searches for passengers who fell from plane, cruise ship

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E) – The Coast Guard in Miami is searching Thursday for a plane passenger who reportedly fell into the Atlantic Ocean east of Key Biscayne as another search off the coast of Hawaii have yet to find a cruise ship passenger who went overboard.

Boats and helicopters from the U.S. Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were about a mile off shore and eight miles from the Tamiami Airport searching as of 5 p.m., hours after a pilot of a Piper PA 46 made a distress call that a door was ajar and a passenger was missing.

The plane, which took off from Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, landed safely at the Tamiami Airport and immediately requested emergency services for the passenger who allegedly fell 1,800 feet from the plane. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were alerted while the city police homicide section launched an investigation.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard and Naval crews joined the search for a Grand Princess woman passenger who jumped overboard about 750 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu said.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said the 54-year-old woman was seen by crews and passenger and on a CCTV camera jumping overboard from Deck 7, which is 50 feet above the water, while the ship was on its third day of its 15-day Hawaii cruise. The crews immediately contact the FBI and the Coast Guard.

The ship changed course to search for the fallen passenger but to no avail.

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