Plane disappears after taking off from Oklahoma City

Search on for animal rescue pilot after his plane goes missing over Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard searching for missing plane in Gulf of Mexico

The pilot, identified as Bill Kinsinger, 55, of Oklahoma City, who is still missing, was a volunteer for the organization Pilots N Paws, which helps rescue animals nationwide.

Family members say Dr. Bill Kinsinger left Wiley Post Airport to pick up a rescue dog in Georgetown, Texas, Wednesday. They reported that the pilot appeared to be the sole occupant of the aircraft and also reported that the pilot appeared to be slumped over in his seat and was unresponsive to their repeated attempts to attract his attention.

"Just what a awful situation, I mean I'm not going to speculate, I can guess a few things that are just purely guesses, but anytime you're out over a huge body of water in a single engine plane and you have limited fuel, that's a tough scenario to have a happy ending to", Blackburn said.

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"We're still holding out hope that he will be found, and that a miracle will happen and we'll be able to hear the great news", she said.

"Bill has the kindest heart", mother Ann Kinsinger said.

He's been doing it for years and his reason behind it was noble - for his brother.

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"Doing Pilots N Paws and things was right up his alley because he loved flying as well", Kinsinger said. Hypoxia refers to a lack of oxygen, which could happen if the plane was not sealed properly or did not have emergency oxygen.

Despite the news, friends are clinging to hope.

"No signs of the plane have been located, and Coast Guard air crews are scheduled to continue searching through the night", the release said. Radar contact of the aircraft was lost about 200 miles northwest of Cancun and showed the aircraft at approximately 15,000 feet.

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