KETCHUM, Okla. – Severe weather forced U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to land an airplane with a small airport in Oklahoma on Sunday, his spokeswoman said.
Donelle Harder, a spokeswoman to the Oklahoma Republican, said Inhofe was out flying Sunday evening once the weather forced him to land in Ketchum, about 70 miles northeast of Tulsa. Lots of a state was beneath a severe thunderstorm watch Sunday.
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The 81-year-old senator, an enthusiastic pilot, "walked away and is particularly now conversant in his family celebrating" the July Fourth holiday, Harder said inside a statement.
Inhofe was flying with another local pilot, each in separate planes, said Harder, who didn’t interact with further concerns the incident.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the company had received a study than a pilot veered into some brush to protect yourself from a deer for the runway at Ketchum after landing around 7 p.m. The company wouldn’t release the pilot’s name but said anyone had not been injured. The FAA is investigating.
Inhofe has over 11,000 flight hours, depending on a biography on his website. She has been a pilot for years and it’s well known for flying to campaign stops round the state.
In 2011, the senator ran afoul of the FAA when he landed a jet over a closed runway on a rural South Texas airport while there is a great yellow X and trucks for the runway. Workers on a lawn scrambled to get away from the best way.
Inhofe’s son, Perry Inhofe, died in a tiny plane crash in November 2013.