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Search continues for pilot last detected on radar flying over Gulf of Mexico

By THE OKLAHOMAN, OKLAHOMA CITY (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) Published: January 8, 2018

U.S. Coast Guard planes were continuing to fly over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday morning in search of a missing Oklahoma City pilot, the Coast Guard reports.

Anesthesiologist John William "Bill" Kinsinger, 55, is still missing Monday, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in New Orleans said.

Kinsinger piloted a small airplane that departed Wednesday evening from Wiley Post Airport. The Cirrus SR-22 flight was planned to Georgetown, Texas, in central Texas, where he was scheduled to pick up a disabled dog and return the animal to Oklahoma City for care.

The airplane was last detected by radar Wednesday evening over the Gulf of Mexico. Kinsinger did not respond to radio communication.

Two F-16 pilots tried to establish communications with the Cirrus SR-22, but were unsuccessful. Those aircraft were relieved by two fighters from New Orleans. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans reported that Kinsinger was slouched over and appeared unconscious.

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