Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son killed in plane crash, officials send condolences
UPDATE: According to the Tulsa World Dr. Perry Dyson Inhofe’s funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 709 S. Boston Ave. in Tulsa.
TULSA, OK.- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed the death of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son, 52-year-old Dr. Perry Inhofe, who was killed in a weekend plane crash in northeast Oklahoma.
52-year-old Perry Dyson Inhofe II of Tulsa was piloting the aircraft which crashed near 98th Street North and Memorial Drive on Sunday. The NTSB continues to investigate the collision.
He was married and lived in the Tulsa area.
Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, died when the small plane he was piloting crashed Sunday near Owasso.
Perry Inhofe worked at Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa. He was one of four children of Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator, James Inhofe.
He went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He did his undergraduate studies at Duke University.
The Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 plane he was piloting was headed to Tulsa International Airport. It crashed shortly before 4:00 pm on Sunday just north of the airport. The plane had taken off from an airport in Salina, Kan.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Owasso Police Department alerted troopers to the crash around 3:51 p.m.
Witnesses say it started to twist and turn in the air before spiraling down and crashing in a wooded area.
A spokesperson with the Tulsa International Airport says the pilot alerted air traffic control of a mechanical problem.
She said the pilot reported that he needed to land immediately.
Shortly after the confirmation of Perry Inhofe’s death, statement of condolences began arriving in support of the Inhofe family.
Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement:
“My heart is broken for Senator Jim Inhofe and his wife, Kay, along with Perry’s family. This is such a sudden and tragic loss of an outstanding, talented man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Inhofe family during this very difficult time.”
Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) sent his condolences to the Inhofe Family after hearing of their heartbreaking loss.
“There are no words for this unimaginable, heartbreaking loss,” Cole said. “My heart goes out to my friend and colleague Senator Inhofe and his wife Kay as they grieve the passing of their son, who was so very loved by his family, friends and community. As the entire family mourns, I pray that they will feel the loving support of friends and great care of our Heavenly Father. During this incredibly difficult time, may our thoughts and prayers remain with the Inhofe family.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel issued the following statement on Perry Inhofe:
I was deeply saddened to learn that Senator Jim Inhofe’s son Perry was killed in a plane crash this weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and Kay and their family as they mourn this terrible loss. The entire DoD community stands with the Inhofe’s at this tragic time, with enduring appreciation for all they do on behalf of our military.
Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon issued the following statement in response to the untimely passing of Dr. Perry Inhofe:
“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I send my prayers and condolences to the Inhofe family,” said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. “Due to yesterday’s tragic events, the Inhofe family has lost a husband and father, and my friend, Sen. Inhofe, has lost a son. Dr. Perry Inhofe was an accomplished orthopedic surgeon and was known as one of the best in the country. Dr. Inhofe was a man who dedicated his life to the healing of others and was a leader in his community and his loss will be felt. May Our Lord give them comfort during this mournful time.”
This statement came out from Representative James Lankford of Oklahoma:
Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sen. Inhofe's son, Perry. Please lift their family in prayer during this very difficult time.—
Rep. James Lankford (@RepLankford) November 12, 2013
Senator Harry Reid sent out the following:
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.—
Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 12, 2013
Senator John McCain sent out his condolences:
My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Jim Inhofe and his family at this difficult time—
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 12, 2013
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