- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The son of a U.S. senator didn’t “appropriately manage” a plane before it crashed near Owasso last year, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Last November, Perry Dyson Inhofe II was conducting his first solo flight in a twin-engine aircraft from Salina, Kansas, to Tulsa when one of the engines shut down.

The aircraft went down about five miles north of the Tulsa International Airport runway and caught fire. Inhofe, the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, died in the crash.

A probable cause report released Thursday said the plane should have been operable in a one-engine situation. The report said Perry Inhofe had accumulated 12 hours of flight time in the plane and was certified under federal regulations.

Weather wasn’t a factor in the plane’s crash, the report stated. Radar and air traffic control exchanges indicated the plane was operating fine before it overshot the airport’s runway.

The investigation also found the plane met federal regulations and that the parts recovered didn’t reveal any evidence of prior structural, engine or system failures.

“Therefore, the available evidence indicates that the pilot did not appropriately manage a one-engine-inoperative condition, leading to a loss of control from which he (Inhofe) did not recover,” the report stated.

Investigators say that because the plane didn’t have a recording device, it’s hard to tell the specific cause of the crash, the Tulsa World reported (http://bit.ly/1ytORaK ).

The aircraft was a Mitsubishi MU-2. A spokesman for the company said it’s looking over the report.

“We have received the NTSB’s probable cause determination and are evaluating its findings,” spokesman Scott Sobel said. “We are always focused on safety and caring for those who fly on or operate the MU-2, and we certainly have expressed our heartfelt concern and condolences to the Inhofe family.”

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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