OWASSO, Okla. - Family members of Sen. Jim Inhofe tell 2NEWS his son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was killed in a plane crash Sunday near Owasso.
Dr. Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa specializing in hand surgery, according to the state medical board.
The small multi-engine turbo-prop plane went down around 3:45 p.m. Sunday near 98th Street North, a half mile east of Memorial. FAA and NTSB investigators arrived on the scene Monday morning.
Capt. George Brown, spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, says officials have not confirmed the identity of the victim, who was transported to the Tulsa County Medical Examiner's Office for identification, which Brown says could take days or even weeks.
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According to the FAA, the small aircraft departed Salina, Kan. Sunday en route to Tulsa.
A Tulsa Airport Authority spokesperson said the plane reported mechanical problems before the crash. Witnesses reported seeing the plane spiral downward before crashing into the ground five miles away from the airport.
FAA investigators say the plane's tail number is N856JT, which is registered to Intermountain Powersports, of Salt Lake City, Utah. A company spokesperson, however, says the plane was sold six weeks ago, though the company would not disclose the name of the new owner.
City of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett extended his sympathies Monday afternoon in a statement:
"It is with deep sorrow that we give our condolences to Tulsa's former Mayor Jim Inhofe and his family. Dr. Perry Inhofe was a man of great integrity, skilled as a surgeon, and an example for all of us. His love for his family and of his profession will always be remembered. I am asking all Tulsans to remember Dr. Inhofe and keep his dear family in our prayers."
In September, General Aviation News published a story about Jim, Perry and 16-year-old Cole Inhofe, Perry's son. The piece, titled "Continuing a family tradition," detailed the history of private flying among the Inhofe clan.
According to the piece, Jim Inhofe taught his son how to fly at Tulsa's Riverside Airport more than 30 years ago. Included in the story are two photos of Jim, Perry and Cole posing in front of a single-engine plane, different from the aircraft found in Owasso.
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The senator was recently in the news after undergoing emergency quadruple bypass surgery. The 78-year-old Inhofe said in the days following his October surgery he felt good and was on his way to recovery.
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