Son of Oklahoma Senator Inhofe Dies in Plane Crash

Perry Inhofe was killed when the plane he was flying went down north of Tulsa airport

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From left: Perry Inhofe, Inhofe's grandson Cole Inhofe and Senator Jim Inhofe in Oshkosh, Wis., on Aug. 1, 2013.

Senator Jim Inhofe’s son, Perry Inhofe, has died in a plane crash, the U.S. Secretary of Defense confirmed on Monday.

The 51-year-old orthopedic surgeon was killed when his twin-engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area about 5 miles north of Oklahoma’s Tulsa International Airport on Sunday, Tulsa World reports.

Inhofe’s plane was on a 43-minute flight to Tulsa from Salina, Kansas when it went down, according to FlightAware.¬†Air traffic controllers reported the plane experienced engine failure.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his condolences in a statement released Monday. “My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and Kay and their family as they mourn this terrible loss,” he said.

[Tulsa World]