American plane disappears from radar over Gulf of Mexico

American plane disappears from radar over Gulf of Mexico

American plane disappears from radar over Gulf of Mexico

Instead of landing at its scheduled destination Wednesday night, the plane continued on the same course and did not answer air traffic control instructions. The missing pilot, reported by family members as Bill Kinsinger of Oklahoma City, departed Wiley Post airport (PWA) en route to Georgetown, Texas (GTU), on a humanitarian animal rescue mission for Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteer pilots and aircraft willing to assist animals in need. Officials said there is a chance the plane lost cabin pressure and that the pilot fell unconscious, though an exact cause of the incident remains unknown.

"We call him the angel with wings", Kelly said.

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.

"I was just devastated".

"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.

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

"Bill has the kindest heart", mother Ann Kinsinger said.

The Eighth Coast Guard District, referencing the NORAD report, says the pilot appeared to be suffering from hypoxia, in which the brain is deprived of adequate oxygen.

The 55-year-old father began working with the pet rescue organization to honor his brother who passed away four years ago.

The Coast Guard received a report of an unresponsive pilot from the plane, which had a tail number of N325JK.

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