- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

KETCHUM, Okla. (AP) - The Latest on Sen. Jim Inhofe’s forced aircraft landing in Oklahoma (all times local):

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10:20 a.m.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says high winds forced the 81-year-old pilot to land an aircraft at a small airport in Oklahoma.

Donelle Harder said Monday that Inhofe was flying with another pilot in a separate aircraft when high winds associated with severe weather forced Inhofe to land his plane at Ketchum. Federal Aviation Records indicate the aircraft is a single-engine Harmon Rocket II manufactured in 2003 and registered to Padre Co. LLC of Tulsa.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the agency had received a report that a pilot veered into some brush to avoid a deer on the runway at Ketchum after landing around 7 p.m. The agency didn’t release the pilot’s name but said the person was uninjured.

Lunsford says the FAA is investigating.

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1:08 a.m.

Severe weather has forced U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to land his airplane at a small airport in Oklahoma.

Donelle Harder, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Republican, told The Associated Press Inhofe was out flying Sunday evening when weather forced him to land in Ketchum, about 70 miles northeast of Tulsa.

Harder says the 81-year-old senator, an avid pilot, “walked away” and is at home with his family. She says he was flying with another local pilot, each in separate planes.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the agency received a report that a pilot veered into some brush Sunday evening to avoid a deer on the runway at Ketchum. The agency did not release the pilot’s name but said the person was not injured.

Much of the state was under a severe thunderstorm watch Sunday.

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