Pilot of missing plane may have had hypoxia

Pilot of missing plane may have had hypoxia

ORIGINAL REPORT: Coast Guard searching for missing plane near FreeportOn Thursday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a statement saying they have three aircraft assisting in the ongoing search. Bill Kinsinger, a pilot for Pilots N Paws, was last seen unresponsive and slumped over in the cockpit by F-16 fighters, according to NORAD.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said the privately-owned Cirrus S22T left Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City Wednesday at 2:19 p.m. "I just want to reach out to Bill's family and let them know that we're all sorry this happened to him", he said. The fighters flew in front of the plane, dropped flares and performed other military maneuvers in an effort to gain the pilot's attention, but the pilot, who was the only person on board, appeared to be unresponsive, he said.

The airplane was detected by radar over the Gulf of Mexico and the pilot did not respond to radio communication, the Coast Guard reports. Kucharek said NORAD coordinated with the Coast Guard to take over monitoring the plane. It was registered to Abide Aviation LLC of Edmond, Oklahoma.

It disappeared from radar over the Gulf of Mexico after overflying its destination KFOR originally reported and shown by Flightaware.

Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said Kinsinger is an employee of Northwest Anesthesia PC and serves as medical director of obstetric anesthesia at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

The plane veered from its flight path near Waco, Texas.

Kinsinger, 55, a volunteer with the group Pilots N Paws, was flying to Texas to pick up a disabled husky that was bound for a foster home in Oklahoma.

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NORAD says they contacted Mexican authorities, the US Coast Guard, and the State Department after the second set of fighters ended their pursuit. "No signs of the plane have been located, and Coast Guard air crews are scheduled to continue searching through the night", the release said.

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