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US Senator's Son Remembered As Dedicated Pilot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As investigators search for the cause of a plane crash that killed the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the orthopedic surgeon is being remembered as a skilled surgeon who loved to fly.

The state medical examiner's office confirmed Tuesday that 52-year-old Perry Dyson Inhofe II died Sunday when the plane he was flying crashed just north of Tulsa International Airport.

Perry Inhofe was a surgeon at Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa and was one of four children of Sen. Inhofe.

Clinic CEO David Long, says Perry Inhofe was a dedicated pilot who had logged more than 3,000 hours of flight time.

Federal Aviation Administration records show a company owned by Perry Inhofe recently bought the 1974 Mitsubishi MU-2B aircraft that he was flying when he crashed.

Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement Tuesday regarding the death of Dr. Inhofe.

"My heart is broken for Senator Jim Inhofe and his wife, Kay, along with Perry's family. This is such a sudden and tragic loss of an outstanding, talented man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Inhofe family during this very difficult time."

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