Report: Senator Jim Inhofe's son was flying new aircraft solo

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: August 13, 2014 at 9:26 am •  Published: August 13, 2014
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OWASSO — The son of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was flying a new type of aircraft for the first time alone when he was killed last November in a plane crash, according to a factual report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Perry Inhofe, the son of Oklahoma's senior senator, was flying solo in a 1974 Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 from Salina, Kansas, to Tulsa when the crash occurred on Nov. 10, 2013.

The report released Monday said Perry Inhofe had logged 2,874 total flight hours, mostly in a Cessna aircraft. He was returning from ground school training in Kansas on the Mitsubishi multi-engine aircraft when his plane went down near Tulsa.

"The accident flight from (Salina to Tulsa) was the first time the pilot flew as a single pilot in the MU-2B-25 airplane," the NTSB report said.

Toxicology found no signs of alcohol or drugs except ibuprofen, and other pilots who'd flown with Perry Inhofe previously described him as a careful, meticulous pilot.

"They described the pilot as a very good aviator who was studious and modest regarding his pilot skills," the report said.

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