An Oklahoma volunteer pilot conducting an operation for an animal rescue group is missing after veering his aircraft hundreds of miles off course on his course to a Texas airport.
Dr. Bill Kinsinger, a 55 -year-old anesthesiologist, was piloting a Cirrus SR2 2T from Oklahoma City Wednesday, according to The Associated Press . He was supposed to estate in Georgetown, Texas, for a operation with Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit that helps volunteer pilots connect with animal shelters and salvage groups in need of transportation. Kinsinger was on his way to pick up an 11 -year-old male husky referred Masaru and fly him to Oklahoma. Kinsinger hadn’t hitherto picked up the dog when his flight went off course.
His plane was last experienced on radar more than 200 miles northwest of Cancun, Mexico, the AP reported.
Kate Quinn, executive director of Pilots N Paws, told HuffPost that Kinsinger has been involved with different groups since 2014.
“He’s an improbably active PNP pilot often operating a assignment each week, ” she said, adding that he also has fostered hounds in his own home when they needed temporary places to stay.
“Rescuing animals is Bill’s passion, ” Quinn said. “He’s always extremely upbeat and positive. Exceedingly empathetic to everyone he volunteered with, spurring us to’ save some more.’”
Kinsinger’s Wednesday mission concerned running Masaru from Texas, where the dog was slated for euthanasia at an animal shelter, to Oklahoma City. From there, Masaru would be driven to Las Vegas where he would be cared for by Anchors Up Rescue Group, according to a statement from Anchor Up .
On Thursday, a group of other volunteers with Pilots N Paws completed Kinsinger’s mission in his honor.
As of Friday, neither Kinsinger nor his aircraft had been situated, Coast Guard Petty Officer Travis McGee told HuffPost. McGee said the Coast Guard continue its efforts to examine an field about 118 air mile north of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
On Wednesday, The North American Aerospace Defense Command propelled aircraft to observe Kinsinger after he stopped manufacturing linked with air traffic control. NORAD captains ran near Kinsinger and struggled unsuccessfully to get his attention, use tactics like descent flares and playing “military maneuvers, ” the AP reported.
When NORAD aviators had to return to base — which a spokesman told the AP was because of both darkness and because the captains were getting too close to Mexican air space — the Coast Guard took over monitoring the plane using tracking software. McGee told HuffPost that the Coast Guard was unable to continue tracking the plane after it stopped transmitting its signal.
The Coast Guard observed in a news release that based on NORAD’s report, Kinsinger was likely suffering from hypoxia, meaning a lack of oxygen.
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