OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Secretary of Defense on Monday confirmed the death of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe's son, 52-year-old Dr. Perry Inhofe, who was killed in a weekend plane crash in northeast Oklahoma.
Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "was informed of Sen. Inhofe's son's death."
Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, died when the small plane he was piloting crashed Sunday crash near Owasso, a Tulsa suburb.
Perry Inhofe, who worked at Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa, was one of four children of Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1984 and graduated from medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, according to the clinic's website. Telephone messages left Monday at Inhofe's clinic weren't immediately returned.
The married father lived in Tulsa.
The multiengine plane was headed to Tulsa International Airport when it crashed shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday about 5 miles north of the airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane had taken off from Salina, Kan.