The senator himself has been involved in a few airplane incidents, including one in which he looped a Vans R-V on the ground and another when the propeller fell off his Grumman Tiger while in flight. Inhofe was able to safely land the Tiger and later recovered the propeller.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also issued a statement following the crash. “I was deeply saddened to learn that Senator Jim Inhofe’s son Perry was killed in a plane crash this weekend,” Hagel says. “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.”
Sen. Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
(This article has been updated to reflect an interview with an NTSB investigator.)