14 thoughts on “Could Cirrus SR22 Pilot Have Survived Crash Into Gulf?

  1. One hell of a way to go knowing the human survivability ratio with the parachute. I find it ridiculous and typical that the F-15’s couldn’t find the plane……if nothing else this could have used this as an airspace intruder interception training scenario……let’s see: Flying over water at 15 thou….. in a straight line at x number of kts. F-16’s would/could have broken off and marked position of their departure and that info. computed for replacement aircraft (F-15’s)………… to follow until the plane becomes the property of The Kingdom of Neptune……..

  2. If it were hypoxia that caused dosing off, he should have woken as the plane descended itself at 68-70 knots after running out of fuel. Then, he could have radio for help and pulled parachute. It must have been cardiac episode.

  3. So a PAIR of F16’s intercepted the Cirrus and had to disengage due to low fuel, a pair of F15’s launched to take over and they could not find the aircraft? One would assume I guess the Cirrus went into the drink after the 16’s left. I’m very curious if this was the case. Not that the 15’s could do anything other than register the coordinates of where it went down. Still did the 16’s provide coordinates before they left? The Cirrus was on autopilot so the course as well as the speed was know seems like some basic calculation could help them locate where it went in. I realize we don’t know its fuel situation still curious about the hand off coordination between the 16’s and 15’s. Glad this was not a terrorist situation!

  4. Flightaware has it heading to the gulf on a south east heading at 18950ft and 238mph.

    It only shows an altitude of 14500ft as “radar was lost” for whatever reason that would be.

  5. First off it wasn’t 15000ft he was cruising at it was FL190 also the F16s out of EFD handed the intercept off to the F15s out of NBG and they were able to locate the plane and witnessed it descending into the ocean north of the Yucatán peninsula. After refueling they were unable to locate it again.

  6. Teaching Moment:

    I was previously an Aviation Physiologist where we administered hypoxia orientation training in the altitude chamber. This training is still available through Oklahoma City FAA as far as I know. It would be well worth the training to be exposed to altitudes of 25,000 where you could experience your symptoms which are varied but tend to be unique to each person, so that once you’ve experienced it you would theoretically and hopefully recognize it in the future, don the emergency oxygen mask, and descend. This would be all the more useful with the ever increasing number of people purchasing aircraft that fly above 14,000 feet. This might be another chance reminder for each of us to go ahead and buy that emergency oxygen bottle we’ve waffled about for too long.

  7. Pilot Bill Kinsingers son started a
    Go fund me to go search for his dad. Being coast guard called it off.

  8. Lets see,The jets with all that training an tech could not fine a aircraft going in a straight line at 15000 feet.The transponders on that cirrus are amazing, butt all of asuden flight aware shows it never descending.Then it just went off radar.I think it was shot down.If it was full fuel it could have flown for 950 nm miles with the wind in its favor.With todays tech even goggle earth could find that plane. My kindest regards for his family.He seem to be a great man…………….GOD BLESS

  9. Does anyone have an explanation why flightaware would not show any descent…the last report shows an altitude of 18,900′

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