Coast Guard searches for missing plane off Gulf Coast

07 January, 2018, 09:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Search on for animal rescue pilot after his plane goes missing over Gulf of Mexico

The pilot, identified as Bill Kinsinger, 55, of Oklahoma City, who is still missing, was a volunteer for the organization Pilots N Paws, which helps rescue animals nationwide.

The FAA is investigating the disappearance of a single engine plane piloted by Bill Kinsinger that took off from Oklahoma City with a flight plan to Georgetown, Texas, News 9 reported. When air traffic controllers tried making contact with the pilot, investigators said controllers received no response and the plane continued on the same course.

Authorities found the plane, but officials said they could not get the pilot to respond.

"I was just devastated. I could not believe what I was hearing", said Vikki Smith of her friend and former board member.

"Bill also flew for another rescue and so he was flying, you know, a few dogs or maybe two to 10 dogs at a time possibly", Smith said.

"He did it out of the kindness of his heart", she said.

His family is still holding out hope and praying for a miracle.

He's been doing it for years and his reason behind it was noble - for his brother.

Experts tell us Dr. Kinsinger likely suffered from hypoxia, when the brain is deprived of oxygen, while flying the plane. The condition can cause confusion, nausea, breathlessness and hallucinations.

The FAA reported that the aircraft was last observed on radar around 219 miles northwest of Cancun and was headed into the Gulf of Mexico at an altitude of 15,000 feet.

"I have been checking all day with the Coast Guard and they say they are still out looking for him", said Kerri Kelly, the director of Dolly's Legacy Animal Rescue.


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