Search Ended For Animal Rescue Pilot
The U.S. Coast Guard released an official statement announcing that it was ending its search for Dr. Bill Kinsinger of Oklahoma, who disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico in his Cirrus SR22T. The aircraft was last observed by radar approximately 200 miles northwest of Cancun, Mexico. Although no definitive determination can be made at this time, it has been widely reported that the prime suspected cause of the errant overfly of filed destination and subsequent continuation over the Gulf of Mexico is pilot incapacitation due to hypoxia.
In its press release, the Coast Guard reported that it had searched 17,458 square miles of the area in missions totaling 79 hours. Various fixed-wing, rotorcraft, and surface vessels were incorporated into the search. “Ending a search is a difficult decision that we put the upmost thought and consideration into…," said Coast Guard spokesman Capt. David Cooper. "Dr. Kinsinger was a well-loved man and our hearts go out to everyone impacted during this tragic time.” At least two Mexican Naval vessels were also involved in the search.