WASHINGTON — The body of Perry Dyson Inhofe II was positively identified Tuesday by the Oklahoma chief medical examiner's office as the victim of a plane crash on Sunday near Owasso.
The 51-year-old surgeon was the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and his wife, Kay. He was the pilot and only occupant of the plane when it crashed.
The medical examiner's office used dental records to make the identification. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
His funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Perry Inhofe, the eldest of the four Inhofe children, is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons.
While U.S. Senate leaders extended their condolences to the Inhofe family, the senator made no public statement Tuesday, and a representative asked that the family's privacy be respected.
In remarks on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “flying airplanes is in the blood of Jim Inhofe and his family.”
“I really care a lot about Jim Inhofe,” Reid said. “He and I are unquestionably friends ... He's a man of great faith, and I feel comfortable that he will be able to work his way through this.”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, spoke of the “heartbreaking loss” and the Senate chaplain included the Inhofes in his daily prayer.
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