November 12, 2013 - The pilot who died in
Sundays Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 plane crash (N856JT)
near Owasso, Oklahoma has been identified as Dr.
Perry Inhofe, 52, the son of U.S. Senator Jim
Dr. Inhofe who was an orthopedic surgeon at
Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa departed
from Salina Regional Airport (KSLN) Saline
County, Kansas just after 3 PM for Tulsa
International Airport (KTUL).
Just before 4 PM, Inhofe encountered engine
problems resulting in the 1974 multiengine
MU-2B-25 crashing then bursting into flames
about five miles north of the airport.
A witness reported he thought one engine had
shut down when the aircraft “started spiraling
out of control and it hit the ground.”
Tulsa International Airport reported Inhofe issued an alert
at 3:35 PM indicating he was have mechanical
problems and requested immediate assistance.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said “my
thoughts and prayers are with Jim and Kay and
their family as they mourn this terrible loss.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said “I extend my deepest
condolences to Sen. Inhofe and his family on the
loss of their son Perry. Our thoughts are with
them as they grieve”.