The Coast Guard is ending its search for missing pilot 55-year-old Dr. Bill Kinsinger and his plane.
Dr. Kinsinger left Wiley Post Airport en route to Georgetown, Texas as part of a Pilot N Paws rescue missing, but never made it.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot continued on course and on radar looked to be heading into the Gulf Of Mexico.
The Coast Guard says aircrews from Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Alabama searched near 17,500 miles for approximately 79 hours.
“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.”
Tim Johnsen, the president of Integris Baptist Medical Center, where Dr. Bill Kinsinger worked, released a statement Tuesday. In part, it says:
This is not the outcome anyone wanted. The circumstances of this tragedy leave us feeling shocked and heartbroken. We wanted so badly to find Dr. Kinsinger alive, or at the very least – find conclusive evidence that he did not survive so his family and friends could have some sense of closure. Perhaps that will come, in time.
The support shown to his wife, Kerri, his children and our Women’s Center and anesthesiology teams has been overwhelming. We have received an outpouring of messages and prayers from countless members of the community, many former patients of Dr. Kinsinger.
There is no doubt, he was a kind and compassionate man. One who devoted his life to caring for people and pets alike. He may have only walked this earth for a short 55 years, but he made a lasting impact on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.