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Report: Inhofe's Son Was Flying New Aircraft Solo

Senator Jim Inhofe
Perry Inhofe (right) with U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and son Cole.

A federal report says the son of a U.S. senator was flying a new type of aircraft for the first time alone when he was killed in a plane crash.

Perry Inhofe, the son of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, died in the November 2013 crash near Tulsa. According to a National Transportation Safety Board factual report, Perry Inhofe was flying solo in a 1974 Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 from Salina, Kansas, to Tulsa when the crash occurred.

The report released Monday says Perry Inhofe had logged 2,874 total flight hours. Toxicology found no signs of alcohol or drugs except ibuprofen.

The report says Perry Inhofe reported a "control problem" and that his left engine had shut down. A report detailing the probable cause of the wreck will be released later.


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