TULSA, OK – Several sources have confirmed that a plane that crashed Sunday afternoon near Owasso belonged to Perry Inhofe, the son of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
Sources have also confirmed through friends of the family that the younger Inhofe died in that crash. However officials in charge of the wreck’s investigation have not identified the victim as of yet.
As of last night Capt. George Brown of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol had confirmed that there had only been one fatality from the crash and there is a possibility that another fatality may result.
The plan crashed in a wooded area on the west side of Owasso about 3:45 pm on Sunday
FAA officials have reported that the plane departed Salina, KS and was enroute to Tulsa.
Investigators with the Nation Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was scheduled to arrive at the crash site earlier today to begin the investigation.
The Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 twin turboprop that crashed several miles north of Tulsa Internaltion Airport on Sunday has been reported earlier to have been connected to Perry Inhofe’s work and home address. It was sold in late September from a company in Salt Lake City, Utah, to a Tulsa company – Anasazi Winds, LLC – that includes two addresses connected to Perry Inhofe. According to records, one of the Anasazi Winds’ addresses is the same as Perry Inhofe’s work address. A second address linked to Anasazi Winds is Inhofe’s home address. Perry Inhofe, 52, is also listed as a registrant for another plane owned by Anasazi Winds the Tulsa World reported.
Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon with Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa. According to the company’s web site, he finished medical school at Washington University in St. Louis in 1988.
He received a degree in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering from Duke University in 1984.
Perry Inhofe, as his father, are avid flyers. He According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Perry Inhofe had been a commercial pilot since 2009 and a certified flight instructor since February 0f 2012 and instructor and he owned two planes through a Tulsa company called Anasazi Winds, the Atlantic reports.
The Oklahoma senator taught his son how to fly more than 30 years ago, according to General Aviation News. Perry Inhofe then taught his son, Cole, how to fly.
All three Inhofe men reportedly learned how to fly in the same Grumman Tiger, the Atlantic reports.
“Perry Inhofe, who was 52, worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa. His plane crashed five miles north of Tulsa International Airport on Sunday, towards the end of a 43-minute flight from Salina, Kansas,” the report reads. “Shortly before the crash, Inhofe issued a request for immediate assistance.”
“(A) pilot flying in the vicinity of the crash heard air traffic controllers say that Inhofe’s plane experienced engine failure. But that, and even the identity of the pilot, have not yet been confirmed by officials,” it adds.
Senator Inhofe had just returned to work after undergoing emergency heart surgery earlier this year.
As of this report neither Senator Inhofe’s office nor his family has issued a statement on Perry’s passing.
At 5:00 pm Monday evening the NTSB briefed the press and at that time they did confirm only one fatality and that the body has not been identified as of yet. Only one soul was on board the aircraft. The flight started in Salina, KS and had departed at 3:00 pm and then crashed at 3:45 pm at 97th St. N. & Memorial near Owasso, OK.