Plane vanishes from radar mid-flight to Texas; Coast Guard search underway

Posted January 07, 2018

He was a pilot for Pilot N Paws Mission, and was headed to rescue a Husky. Reports suggested that the pilot had recently been running a transport for a charity that works with animals. It flew over the Gulf of Mexico and disappeared from radar.

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.

Justin Blackburn was one of the pilots who helped rescue the dog.

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The USCG told Eyewitness News the pilot took off from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon. "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.

The FAA said during the flight, Dr. Kinsinger didn't respond to air traffic control instructions.

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. "Very empathetic to everyone he volunteered with encouraging us to 'save some more'".

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According to tracking data from FlightAware, as the aircraft approached its destination, it veered slightly to the left and then proceeded on a constant heading, bypassing its intended destination and continuing to the southeast until crossing the Texas shoreline near Galveston and proceeding out over the Gulf of Mexico.

Blackburn said he couldn't believe it when he heard what happened.

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