Inhofe’s Son Dies in Plane Crash, Highway Patrol Confirms (Updated)
Posted at 2:17 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2013
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Updated 4:45 p.m. | Condolences poured in for the family of Sen. James M. Inhofe Tuesday, as officials in Oklahoma confirmed that his son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, died in a plane crash Sunday.
“The Oklahoma Highway Patrol received confirmation at approximately 2:30 PM, from Tulsa County Medical Examiner’s Office that positive identification has been made on the pilot who crashed near Owasso on November 10th, 2013,” the patrol said in a statement. “52 year old Perry Dyson Inhofe II of Tulsa was piloting the aircraft which crashed near 98th Street North and Memorial Drive on Sunday.”
Multiple Oklahoma-based media outlets had reported the news, citing sources close to the Inhofe family. Earlier reporting had connected the plane to the younger Inhofe, but authorities did not immediately confirm that Perry Inhofe was on board.
“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,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued late Monday.
The elder Inhofe, an Oklahoma senator, is the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee.
Senators on both sides of the aisle also tweeted their thoughts and prayers for the Inhofe family on Tuesday, including another senior Republican on the Armed Services panel, John McCain of Arizona, as well as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
The annual defense authorization bill, which Inhofe is expected to help manage as the lead Republican, seems poised to reach the Senate floor next week as the last item of business before the Thanksgiving break.