Search continues for Oklahoma pilot after plane disappears over Gulf of Mexico

Kinsinger took off from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon after filing a flight plan to land in Georgetown Texas

FAA officials said they thought Kinsinger, an animal rescue pilot whom friends said was headed to Texas to rescue a dog, had become hypoxic while flying, News 9 reported.

CNN reports that a pilot flying from Oklahoma City to Georgetown, Texas never landed at their destination.

The FAA said during the flight, Dr. Kinsinger didn't respond to air traffic control instructions. So far neither the plane nor the pilot have been found.

"I was just devastated".

Officials believe Kinsinger was the only person on board the plane. "We don't know what happened, but we wanted to do this to kind of remember him and get the dog to a safe place", Blackburn said, according to NBC News affiliate KAGS-TV. Her organization saves dogs and cats from being euthanized.

Officials said Thursday that Kinsinger was tracked by fighter jets flying over the Gulf of Mexico. He appeared unresponsive and may have been suffering from a lack of oxygen

Blackburn said he earlier planned to transport the dog later in the week, but said Kinsinger volunteered to do it on Wednesday.

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

The Coast Guard is using a C-130 aircraft in its search for the missing pilot and the plane.

He's been doing it for years and his reason behind it was noble - for his brother. "So, twice a week, he picked up dogs and took them all over this part of the country".

The Coast Guard received a report of an unresponsive pilot from the plane, which had a tail number of N325JK. The condition can cause confusion, nausea, breathlessness and hallucinations. Radar contact of the aircraft was lost about 200 miles northwest of Cancun and showed the aircraft at approximately 15,000 feet.




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