Thursday, April 19, 2012

Plane circling over Gulf of Mexico, pilot unconscious

A private plane is circling over the Gulf of Mexico and the pilot is "incapacitated," and apparently unconscious.

NBC's Pete Williams says authorities are tracking the plane and expect it to soon run out of fuel and crash into the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard is repositioning its assets, according to Williams, to try to help with a rescue.

There is no exact location for the plane yet, but CNN has been told it is closer to Florida than other Gulf states.

The Coast Guard confirmed to CNN that they have dispatched a HC-144 plane from Mobile, Alabama and have an MH-60 helicopter on standby in Clearwater. The 87-foot cutter Coho is also prepared to respond to a crash or landing, according to the Coast Guard.

They say the plane was initially reported as a Cessna. source