Sen. Jim Inhofe forced landing latest incident for the pilot

Ponca City Now - July 5, 2016 7:51 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Severe weather forced U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to land his airplane at a small airport in Oklahoma.

The incident was the latest of several troubled landings for the avid pilot who at 81 shows no signs of leaving the cockpit.

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

Harder says Inhofe "walked away" and went home to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with his family.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says there is no maximum age for pilots and some fly well into their 90s.

He says it's "totally dependent on physical and mental ability."

 

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