Coast Guard official: Doctor flying missing plane may have lacked oxygen

Coast Guard official: Doctor flying missing plane may have lacked oxygen

Coast Guard official: Doctor flying missing plane may have lacked oxygen

Fowler said she did not know Kinsinger personally but knows he was an experienced pilot who has flown several rescue missions for Pilots N Paws over the years.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Lexie Preston said Thursday that Coast Guard aircraft are searching for the plane in a broad area off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard searched the Gulf of Mexico Thursday for a small plane that didn't land at its scheduled location in Central Texas and stopped responding to air traffic controllers. Fuel restraints and approaching darkness forced the interceptors to disengage and return to their base.

"We call him the angel with wings", Kelly said. The condition can cause confusion, nausea, breathlessness and hallucinations. The pilot was flying alone.

According to the Facebook Page for Pilots N Paws, the organization will not release any information out of respect for the family.

Officials say the plane took off from Oklahoma City Wednesday and was headed to Georgetown Municipal Airport, north of Austin, but diverted at some point and headed south.

Kinsinger volunteered to fly from Oklahoma City to the Georgetown airport to pick up Masaru and return him to Oklahoma City to meet a vet technician who would fly Masaru to Las Vegas, Anchors Up said.

The executive director of the Oklahoma Medical Board, Lyle Kelsey, says Kinsinger serves on the board and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.

"Super amusing, gregarious. I just remember him being really happy and fun to talk to and a good guy", said Blackburn.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center in New Orleans received a report from the North American Aerospace Defense Command Wednesday evening that the pilot was unresponsive likely due to hypoxia. "If someone bailed on an assignment then he would just stretch and do it for you".

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