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Inhofe, his aide safe after plane crash-lands (Is someone trying to kill Jim Inhofe?)
Tulsa World ^ | October 6, 2006 | JIM MYERS

Posted on 10/06/2006 1:25:44 PM PDT by PDR

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and an aide escaped injury Thursday when the small plane the Oklahoma Republican was flying spun out of control after landing at Tulsa's Jones Riverside Airport.

"No scrapes or bruises. No nicks or cuts. No injuries at all," said Danny Finnerty, Inhofe's long-time aide, who was sitting behind the senator in the two-seat aircraft.

"We walked away from the plane."

Finnerty, reached by telephone, said they landed about 8 p.m. and that the plane had slowed down to about taxi speed.

"Everything was fine until the tail wheel hit the runway," he said.

"Jim felt like his rudder control was not what it should have been, so it was mechanical, certainly. As soon as we hit, we fish-tailed and spun around a couple of times. "

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the RV-8 single-engine aircraft "ground-looped," or went out of control, upon landing.

Finnerty said the plane, which he described as an experimental model rated for aerobatics, suffered significant damage.

"The plane looks a lot worse than it was," he said.

Finnerty said the plane, which he described as a "tail dragger," was built for the senator by a

professional a few years ago.

The RV-8 aircraft is known as a "kit-plane." Such planes' manufacturers provide a kit from which to build the aircraft from the ground up, according to the manufacturer, Van's Aircraft.

Inhofe, 71, is a veteran pilot who owns several planes.

Finnerty said the senator was returning from Duncan after a day of campaigning for candidates running for state legislative seats. Earlier in the day, he said, Inhofe had flown to Guthrie and then made several stops by car before flying on to Duncan.

Finnerty said no problems appeared during the flight.

"It was an absolutely perfect flight from Duncan," he said. "The landing was perfectly normal, and then that happened."

Finnerty was unsure whether the National Transportation Safety Board would have to investigate.

"I am certain the FAA will come out and take a look at the plane," he said, adding that the plane was left on the runway until permission was given to move it.

Inhofe did not comment on the incident.

The senator was forced to make an emergency landing in 1999 at the Claremore Municipal Airport after the propeller fell off the Grumman American AA-5B he was flying.

The NTSB investigated that incident, and its report blamed an error on the prop installation.

Inhofe, who was flying alone that day, also escaped that incident without injury.

His plane was cruising at 2,500 feet when it lost the entire propeller assembly.

After the plane began to porpoise, Inhofe made a forced landing on a grassy section between a runway and a taxiway.


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KEYWORDS: inhofe; republicans
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curious.....
1 posted on 10/06/2006 1:25:46 PM PDT by PDR
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To: PDR

if I was him, I'd never set foot (or any other part) into a plane as long as I lived.


2 posted on 10/06/2006 1:26:51 PM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: PDR

Thank goodness. Inhofe must be one heck of a pilot, but maybe he had better stay on the ground for a while.


3 posted on 10/06/2006 1:28:28 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: PDR
(Is someone trying to kill Jim Inhofe?)

Of course - payback for Wellstone!

4 posted on 10/06/2006 1:30:30 PM PDT by smokinleroy
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To: PDR

Bah. These things happen, especially to private pilots.

I took a Cessna up last year and blew a tire on the landing.


5 posted on 10/06/2006 1:30:37 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: PDR

6 posted on 10/06/2006 1:31:23 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: PDR

Hey, man, it worked for Wellstone... (that would be a Arkanacide quote)


7 posted on 10/06/2006 1:31:24 PM PDT by madison10 (Live your life in such a way that the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral.)
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To: PDR
Inhofe is a Republican. The problem was obviously mechanical. Certainly makes a person wonder!!!

No, I am not a conspiracy theorist.

8 posted on 10/06/2006 1:31:24 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Paging Hillary Clinton...Paging Hillary Clinton!!!


9 posted on 10/06/2006 1:31:33 PM PDT by LYSandra
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To: PDR

What the hell did Inhofe ever do to Bill Clinton?


10 posted on 10/06/2006 1:31:43 PM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: PDR

John Denver could have used some lessons from this guy.


11 posted on 10/06/2006 1:33:51 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: PDR

My first impression was..."Quick someone check Clinton's kill list."


12 posted on 10/06/2006 1:34:21 PM PDT by Dr Stormfist
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To: PDR

I'm serial!


13 posted on 10/06/2006 1:37:13 PM PDT by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: PDR

He has got to be HIGH on the radical left's hitlist because he is the TOP Conservative in the Senate.


14 posted on 10/06/2006 1:37:34 PM PDT by PISANO
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To: PDR
Didn't Inhofe just shame CNN's Miles O'Brien over global warming claims?

-PJ

15 posted on 10/06/2006 1:37:55 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: PDR
Watch the RV-8 in action
16 posted on 10/06/2006 1:39:33 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: PDR

Hitlery was seen to throw a lamp and scream "Damn!".


17 posted on 10/06/2006 1:41:20 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: smokinleroy

This is not the first time. Back in the Xlintoon years, someone messed with the propeller on his plane, but he caught it during his walk around.


18 posted on 10/06/2006 1:46:41 PM PDT by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: PDR

Good thing he survived, because Oklahoma's Dem. governor would have appointed a Dem to replace Inhofe.


19 posted on 10/06/2006 1:46:42 PM PDT by doctor noe
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To: PDR

Obviously the cause of the mishap was global warming. THIS will teach Inhofe to question liberal dogma.

/sarcasm


20 posted on 10/06/2006 1:51:53 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: PDR
I used to fly a Grumman Yankee.

Fast, but very squirrelly. Fiddly on the maintenance too. Easy enough for a mechanic to botch the prop installation, it's not a Cessna 152.

Never attribute things to malice when simple incompetence will explain them . . .

This will probably turn out to be a stuck tailwheel. If it doesn't swivel, things get weird fast.

21 posted on 10/06/2006 1:56:59 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: PDR

I hate flying in small planes. I am glad he is OK.


22 posted on 10/06/2006 2:01:16 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Depose Nancy! What did she know and when did she know it?)
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To: Echo Talon
Actually, that's either a -6 or a -7.
The -8 is a 2-place tandem - that aircraft is a 2-place side by side being flown by a pilot who needs to remember to use right rudder in his loops.

I fly a -6.

23 posted on 10/06/2006 2:05:02 PM PDT by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Yes, that was Inhofe and he made more sense in that one program than O'Brien makes in a year.


24 posted on 10/06/2006 2:06:36 PM PDT by OldFriend (Should we wait for them to come and kill us again? President Karzai 9/26/06)
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To: Aeronaut

FYI PING


25 posted on 10/06/2006 2:07:26 PM PDT by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: grobdriver

must be fun! :) I fly rc airplanes. :D I have epilepsy so.. LOL


26 posted on 10/06/2006 2:09:50 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Its a tail dragger. he lowered his tail too soon


27 posted on 10/06/2006 2:11:43 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Foley is why we don't allow queers to be Scoutmasters.)
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To: PDR

It said that it was a "tail dragger" I expected to see a picture of Clinton!bwhahahahaha...me bad!


28 posted on 10/06/2006 2:11:56 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: OldFriend
I don't trust coincidences.

"Coincidence means that you weren't paying attention to the other half of what was happening." -Samuel R. Delany

-PJ

29 posted on 10/06/2006 2:12:34 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: PDR

Inhofe is evidentally a good flyer.


30 posted on 10/06/2006 2:14:43 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: bert
Its a tail dragger. he lowered his tail too soon

I know a woman that happened to also....but it was mostly because she did not exercise or watch her diet.
31 posted on 10/06/2006 2:14:52 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: PDR

global warming envirowackos if anybody was after him

Inhofe has been making enemies recently speaking out about the global warming scam being pushed by the MSM.


32 posted on 10/06/2006 2:15:31 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: PDR

in these perilous times, nothing can be ruled out. I wouldn't put it past Soros and the Rats.


33 posted on 10/06/2006 2:21:33 PM PDT by balch3
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To: PDR

34 posted on 10/06/2006 2:41:42 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: balch3

Are there no pilots among us? Ground loops happen. Embarasing, but not hazardous. Strictly pilot error.


35 posted on 10/06/2006 2:56:33 PM PDT by JJT
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To: Echo Talon
Those are fun too.
Bet you can fly maneuvers I couldn't even try...
36 posted on 10/06/2006 3:09:38 PM PDT by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: grobdriver
Bet you can fly maneuvers I couldn't even try...

thats a guarantee! :) I can do maneuvers that would destroy a real airplane. :P

37 posted on 10/06/2006 3:12:20 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: grobdriver
check out this video :) here
38 posted on 10/06/2006 3:18:20 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: grobdriver

oh scoll down a little bit on that page to get to the video. :)


39 posted on 10/06/2006 3:19:26 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: bert

I flew a tail dragger once... didn't care for it. I know there are some pilots who love them, but I like being able to see the runway on takeoff.


40 posted on 10/06/2006 3:27:56 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

A crop duster near where I grew up in Western Kansas hooked a tail wheel on a power line at the end of a field he was spraying. He nosed into the ground on the other side just hard enough that he bent the prop but the landing gear bounced him back up in the air and he flew the plane back to his hangar....and cleaned his pants out.


41 posted on 10/06/2006 3:35:20 PM PDT by heckler (wiskey for my men, beer for my horses, rifles for sister sarah)
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To: PDR

Thank God he's alright. He's one of the few decent Senators we've got.


42 posted on 10/06/2006 3:37:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (What man doesn't know about God's creation is still enough to fill a universe...)
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To: B Knotts; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; Wright is right!; ..

43 posted on 10/06/2006 4:28:34 PM PDT by Aeronaut (Hebrews 13:4)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
but I like being able to see the runway on takeoff.


Being able to see while taxiing is also helpfull . As this guy finds out
44 posted on 10/06/2006 4:41:22 PM PDT by grjr21
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To: PDR

No, not curious at all, its the "global warming gods" who're expressing their displeasure with him.

LOL, snicker, chuckle, chortle.

What's the difference between a chortle and a snicker any ways? And is there any social etiquette with respect to guffaw and chuckles?

Inhoff took one of the big MSM clowns to task recently about the global warming scam (not that correlation presupposes causation in any way).


45 posted on 10/06/2006 4:50:21 PM PDT by raygun (Whenever I see U.N. blue helmets I feel like laughing and puking at the same time.)
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To: Echo Talon

You can tell me what you'd like: I just don't get a really nice warm fuzzy being in a plane where the gear doesn't retract.

WHATEVER-

I can't hear you (LA LA LA LA LA LA). You say something?


46 posted on 10/06/2006 4:52:20 PM PDT by raygun (Whenever I see U.N. blue helmets I feel like laughing and puking at the same time.)
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To: Aeronaut

Only here could someone post an article about a politician ground-looping his taildragger and end up with 30-odd posts talking about how someone must be out to kill him.

On a lighter note: Inhofe owns (owned?) an RV? Cool! Those things are probably about as much fun as you can have in a civilian airplane. It's just unfortunate that considering the number of Congresspeople who are active GA pilots, we still have so much governmental nonsense in the name of "security".


47 posted on 10/06/2006 4:55:21 PM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: raygun
I just don't get a really nice warm fuzzy being in a plane where the gear doesn't retract.

On the other hand, you're extremely unlikely to experience a gear-up landing that way.

48 posted on 10/06/2006 4:57:02 PM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: domenad

John got bitten by a fuel system quirk in the airplane he was killed in. He ran out of gas, but he should have had fuel in the tank so he didn't have to hunt for the handle to swap tanks. He was unfamiliar with the aircraft which compounded the problem. You can't be too careful. He was a good pilot, just a victim of lots of circumstances. Not sure why he wasn't able to glide to a crash landing. Unless he was so distracted that he forgot to fly the aircraft, and depending on the distraction, it can happen to anyone.


49 posted on 10/06/2006 5:01:03 PM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: PDR

Isn't this the second time this has happen to Inhofe???


50 posted on 10/06/2006 5:02:49 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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