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Missing Plane: Oklahoma City Pilot Might've Lacked Oxygen

Missing Plane: Oklahoma City Pilot Might've Lacked Oxygen
A small plane that took off from Oklahoma City is missing after flying over the Gulf of Mexico. (Javier Cruz/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 05:15 PM

A small plane that took off from Oklahoma City on Wednesday is missing after flying over the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled fighter jets to approach the plane when it would not respond to emergency radio contact, but discovered the pilot appeared to be unconscious and slumped over in the cockpit before visibility was lost, according to a statement.

FAA officials said they thought Kinsinger, an animal rescue pilot whom friends said was headed to Texas to rescue a dog, had become hypoxic while flying, News 9 reported. Hypoxia refers to a lack of oxygen, which could happen if the plane was not sealed properly or did not have emergency oxygen.

The aircraft, a Cirrus SR-22, is registered to Abide Aviation LLC of Edmond, Oklahoma, News 9 reported. It uses a parachute system that needs to be triggered in order to release the pilot. 

The Coast Guard is now searching for the missing plane in the location where they think it likely went down, WFAA reported. So far neither the plane nor the pilot have been found.

Officials believe Kinsinger was the only person on board the plane.

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