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Public Safety News
United States Coast Guard
News Release
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Coast Guard ends search for missing pilot, aircraft

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has 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:

-Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas

-Air Station Clearwater, Florida

-Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina

-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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