Family holding out hope as crews search for missing pilot

Katrina Barker
January 7, 2018

Kinsinger, 55, was a volunteer pilot for the animal rescue group Pilots N Paws.

On Thursday evening, Kinsinger's pilot friends transported the dog, named Masaru, to Oklahoma City in his honor. When air traffic controllers tried making contact with the pilot, investigators said controllers received no response and the plane continued on the same course. Officials said there is a chance the plane lost cabin pressure and that the pilot fell unconscious, though an exact cause of the incident remains unknown.

"Just what a bad 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.

"Tim had Down syndrome and lived with us until he was 37 and then diagnosed with a brain tumor", Kinsinger said. Her organization saves dogs and cats from being euthanized.

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

"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.

The Coast Guard identified the pilot as Bill Kinsinger.

"It's hard looking at what we are facing, but we are holding out hope", she said.

"I have been checking all day with the Coast Guard and they say they are still out looking for him", said Kerri Kelly, the director of Dolly's Legacy Animal Rescue.

The aircraft was last observed on radar about 219 miles northwest of Cancun at 15,000 ft. and was headed into the Gulf of Mexico.

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