Body Found After Fall From Airplane
Police may have solved one mystery surrounding a passenger's fall from a Piper Malibu over Miami Thursday but they're not saying much about other aspects of the strange mishap. Miami-Dade Police say they've found a body believed to be that of Gerardo Nales in a mangrove swamp in Miami's Biscayne Bay. They've been looking since early Thursday afternoon when the Malibu's pilot, identified by local media (but not the police) as Felipe Fons called a mayday to say his passenger had opened a door and jumped from about 2,000 feet. Police apparently haven't completely accepted the pilot's version of the events.
The police have confirmed that there is an active homicide investigation and declined to comment on reports that Nales killed himself. They also haven't filed any charges. “There are still some questions that need to be asked about the circumstances,” police spokesman Lt. John Jenkins told the Miami Herald. The police have also declined to discuss why the two men were flying on Thursday and how or whether they knew each other. The flight originated at Tamiami Airport and Nales departed the airplane about eight miles southeast of the field.