Man Apparently Jumped From Helicopter to His Death in Malibu: FAA

Pictured is the Malibu Pier, which is about a mile from the site where a man was found Saturday after plunging from a private chopper into the ocean. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Pictured is the Malibu Pier, which is about a mile from the site where a man was found Saturday after plunging from a private chopper into the ocean. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Federal investigators said Sunday that a man apparently jumped from a helicopter to his death off the coast of Malibu on Saturday afternoon.

In an email to The Times, the Federal Aviation Administration said that the pilot of the Robinson R22 helicopter told investigators that his passenger jumped out of the aircraft about 1:10 p.m. about 1 mile south of the Malibu Pier. His body was recovered by county lifeguards.

Authorities had said earlier it was unclear if the man jumped or fell to his death.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said they were not releasing the identity of the victim because they had not been able to notify next of kin.

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