Guard ends search for missing pilot, aircraft
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has ended the
search for the missing pilot and Cirrus aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday.
The Coast Guard searched 17,458 nautical square
miles for approximately 79 hours.
Missing is Bill Kinsinger, 55, of Oklahoma City.
“Ending a search is a difficult decision that we put the upmost thought and
consideration into,” said Capt. David Cooper, chief
of incident management, Eighth Coast Guard District. “Dr. Kinsinger was
a well loved man and our hearts go out to everyone impacted during this tragic
Involved in search were Coast Guard aircrews
-Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas
-Air Station Clearwater, Florida
-Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
-Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama
The motor vessel Gas Wisdom responded to a Coast
Guard request for vessels in the area to assist and searched Wednesday evening.
The Mexican Naval Secretariat had two ships, the ARM Demacrato and the ARM
Guanajuato, involved in the search.
Coast Guard searching for missing aircraft
ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to an aircraft emergency in the
Gulf of Mexico approximately 118 nautical miles north of the Yucatan
at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center in New Orleans
received a report from the North American Aerospace Defense Command,
Wednesday evening that one person aboard a privately owned Cirrus was
unresponsive likely due to hypoxia. The pilot was leaving from Oklahoma
City and was headed to Georgetown, Texas.
Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans launched aircraft to
investigate and reported the pilot was slouched over and appeared
The Eight Coast Guard District command Center has been coordinating with SEMAR, the Mexican Navy.
Eight watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station
Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew, a Coast Guard Air Station
Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircrew and a Coast Guard Aviation Training
Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew to search for the aircraft.