A single-engine fixed wing plane which took off from Wiley Post Airport in Bethany Oklahoma on a dog rescue mission and expected to arrive four hours later on Wednesday at Georgetown Municipal Airport near Austin, Texas is missing.
According to NewsOK, the Cirrus SR-22, veered from its flight path and the pilot has been unresponsive to air traffic controllers. It was last tracked on radar 219 miles northwest of Cancun at 15,000 feet and had been headed into the Gulf of Mexico. The pilot has been identified through social media as Bill Kinsinger – flying for the volunteer animal rescue organization Pilot N Paws.
White Paws German Shepherd Rescue has been following the heartbreaking news. On their Facebook, the following update was posted:
“We at White Paws ask that you join us in prayer for Bill Kinsinger, a pilot for Pilots N Paws, and his family.
Bill was on a rescue flight and it appears there was a tragic in flight issue.
Coast Guard is searching for his plane currently.
Please pray for him and his family. He was doing what he loved.”
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans launched aircraft to investigate and reported the pilot was slouched over and appeared unconscious.
It is feared this is what may have happened although the news has not been confirmed by authorities at this time:
“The first suspicions are that the pilot could have been left unconscious, being the strongest theory, after suffering from hypoxia, which is the decrease in the oxygen levels in the arterial blood or in the body tissues, potential risk whenever flying through over 10 thousand feet, especially in small models.”
Kinsinger had been on his way to pick up Masaru, an 11-year-old husky dog. The Facebook page “Saving Masaru the senior husky” has asked its followers to keep Kinsinger and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Please note that Masaru was not on the plane and remains with his foster in Texas.
On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced they are searching for the plane approximately 118 nautical miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
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