Coast Guard ends search for missing aircraft in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Air Station Traverse City

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard ended the search for the missing pilot and Cirrus aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico Monday.

The Coast Guard searched 17,458 nautical square miles for approximately 79 hours.

Missing is Bill Kinsinger, 55, of Oklahoma City.

“Ending a search is a difficult decision that we put the upmost thought and consideration into,” said Capt. David Cooper, chief of incident management, Eighth Coast Guard District. “Dr. Kinsinger was a well loved man and our hearts go out to everyone impacted during this tragic time.”

Involved in search were Coast Guard aircrews from:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama

The motor vessel Gas Wisdom responded to a Coast Guard request for vessels in the area to assist and searched Wednesday evening. The Mexican Naval Secretariat had two ships, the ARM Demacrato and the ARM Guanajuato, involved in the search.

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