Senator Inhofe's son, Perry, killed in Owasso plane crash, Tulsa mayor confirms
City, state and national leaders are offering condolences to the family of Senator Jim Inhofe after his son, Perry, was reportedly killed in a plane crash near Owasso.
Perry is believed to have been the pilot of the 1974 Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 that crashed near Owasso Sunday.
Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon released the following statement Monday:
"It is with a heavy heart and great sadnessthat I send my prayers and condolences to the Inhofe family," said SpeakerShannon, R-Lawton. "Due to yesterday's tragic events, the Inhofe family has lost a husband andfather, and my friend, Sen. Inhofe, has lost a son. Dr. Perry Inhofe was an accomplished orthopedic surgeon andwas known as one of the best in the country. Dr. Inhofe was a man who dedicatedhis life to the healing of others and was a leader in his community and hisloss will be felt. May Our Lord give them comfort during this mournful time."
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued this statement:
"Iwas deeply saddened to learn that Senator Jim Inhofe's son Perry was killed ina plane crash this weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and Kayand their family as they mourn this terrible loss. The entire DoDcommunity stands with the Inhofe's at this tragic time, with enduringappreciation for all they do on behalf of our military."
Tulsa mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr issued this statement Monday:
"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."
A press conference was held Monday to discuss the crash. The NTSB says the plane crashed around 3:45 Sunday afternoon 5 miles north of the Tulsa airport. Officials say the plane was making it's final descent when it crashed.
When the plan collided with the terrain, it sparked a fire that destroyed the aircraft.
The NTSB confirms one person was on board the plane and was killed in the crash. However, they have not determined the identity of the person.
The plane was not equipped with a flight data or voice recorder and officials say it will be about one week before preliminary results are released.
The plane is registered with the FAA to Intermountain Powersports Inc. out of Salt Lake City, Utah. However, Anasazi Winds LLC filed registration paperwork with the FAA in September.
Perry is listed as an owner of Anasazi Winds and the company has the same address listed as his doctor's office in Tulsa.