Waco, TX

#1 Jan 31, 2013
For the most part this has been suppressed.

Inhofe "Scared The Crap Out Of" Airport Workers
FAA: Senator intentionally landed on closed runway

APRIL 13--Newly released Federal Aviation Administration documents and audiotapes shed a scary new light on a bizarre incident late last year during which U.S. Senator James Inhofe landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport, scattering construction workers who ran for their lives as the politician’s plane hopscotched over them and six vehicles.

The FAA material, provided in response to a TSG Freedom of Information Act request, details how Inhofe, 76, chose to land on the main runway at the Cameron County Airport on October 21 despite being aware that it was closed and had a large ‘X’ on its threshold.

The politician, the FAA investigation determined,“still elected to land avoiding the men and the equipment on the runway.” In a bid to avoid “legal enforcement action,” Inhofe, who has a commercial pilot’s license, agreed to “complete a program of remedial training,” according to an FAA letter sent in January to the third-term Republican senator from Oklahoma.

Shortly after Inhofe landed, Sidney Boyd, who was supervising construction on the closed runway, called the FAA to report that Inhofe’s plane, a twin-engine six-seater, initially touched down on the runway and then “'sky hopped' over the six vehicles and personnel working on the runway, and then landed.”

During the call, which was recorded by the FAA, Boyd said Inhofe’s antics “scared the crap out of” workers, adding that the Cessna “damn near hit” a red truck. Referring to the vehicle’s driver, Boyd added,“I think he actually wet his britches, he was scared to death. I mean, hell, he started trying to head for the side of the runway. The pilot could see him, or he should have been able to, he was right on him.”

Boyd also said that Inhofe showed little contrition following the close call.“He come over here and started being like,'What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.'”

Waco, TX

#2 Jan 31, 2013
During a conversation with a second FAA representative, Boyd said,“As much work as I do on airports and runways, it’s the first time I’ve ever had this happen.” Inhofe, he added,“knew the runway was closed…he started to land on the north end, he just went right over a huge yellow ‘X’ and he was coming down right in the middle of us, and he finally, somebody noticed us waving at him I guess.”

“He sky hopped over us,” said Boyd.“He was determined to land on that runway come hell or high water evidently.” He added,“I’m still shaking…I was in the middle of the runway, I headed for high country.”

In a recorded conversation with Lee Williams, an FAA quality assurance specialist, airport manager Marshall Reece tore into Inhofe’s piloting.“I’ve got over 50 years flying, three tours of Vietnam,” Reece said,“and I can assure you I have never seen such a reckless disregard for human life in my life.” He then added,“Something needs to be done. This guy is famous for these violations.”

FAA records indicate that while Inhofe has landed at the Port Isabel airport on more than five occasions, he had not been the subject of prior enforcement actions. When questioned by FAA investigators if there had been any distractions in the cockpit before he landed on the closed runway, Inhofe “did volunteer that he was showing a new hire employee seated in the right seat how the technology of the cockpit instrumentation worked.”

Another recording captured a transmission from an air traffic controller who offered a concise account of Inhofe’s antics flying his 1978 Cessna (tail number N115EA):“N115 Echo Alpha landed right in the middle of them doing their work on runway 1331 and damn near killed somebody out there.”

In a statement today, Inhofe said, "This is an old story, and the FAA and I have long consider the matter closed." Noting that his "dealings with the FAA did not constitute an admission nor an adjudication of a violation," Inhofe added, "I have completed the program required by the FAA, and this matter is over."

Waco, TX

#3 Jan 31, 2013
Now he has the nerve to go after the FAA for making him take a remedial safety course. Of course he is a republican.

Waco, TX

#4 Jan 31, 2013
76 years old and still flying, shows what money and power can provide. bad enough he is trying to be a politician... if he can't follow simple FAA rules, how can he work in politics...

Waco, TX

#5 Jan 31, 2013
Inhofe and Dick Cheney should get together and go hunting.

Or perhaps like that psycho Darth Cheney shooting a man in the face while drinking his lunch and never getting in ANY kind of trouble for it. He wasn't arrested, he wasn't charged, he didn't lose his firearm--he left the scene and wouldn't talk to anyone about it for days--- and he had the guy he shot apologize to him for causing him all that trouble. Yep, they get away with anything, huh? Even mass murder..
Failed justice

Waco, TX

#6 Jan 31, 2013
I can tell that this Senator received special treatment from the FAA. The remedial training program should not have been offered in the case, since his actions to land on the closed runway were intentional. He knew the runway was closed and landed anyway. His deliberate action was a violation FAR 91.13(a), Reckless operation of an aircraft endangering the life and property of another. This should be investigated by the DOT Inspector General because of the special treatment. Any other poor schmuck would have have the book thrown at him. More back door deals.

First - It's outrageous that the FAA didn't jerk his license immediately. There is no excuse for what he did. Second - It's really bad when a Republican acts like a Democrat.

Waco, TX

#7 Jan 31, 2013
C'mon, guys! You're all missing the main point that's buried at the end of the article! He was "showing a new employee seated in the right seat how the instrumentation worked." Uh huh. Wonder what she looked like.....

Waco, TX

#8 Jan 31, 2013
Scary Details Of Inhofe Plane Landing
FAA: Senator buzzed worker, just missed hitting truck

APRIL 20--A new series of witness statements released by the Federal Aviation Administration reveal just how close construction workers came to being struck by Senator James Inhofe’s plane last October when the politician landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport.

Additionally, other documents provided in further response to a TSG Freedom of Information Act request show that, in the face of a probe of the reckless landing, Inhofe used Senate employees and his Tulsa, Oklahoma district office to help prepare responses to the FAA inquiry.

As previously reported, Inhofe, a third-term Republican, came under FAA investigation after he “sky hopped” over a construction crew repairing a closed runway--which was marked off by a large yellow ‘X’ at its threshold--at the Cameron County Airport in Port Isabel. The 76-year-old politician was en route to nearby South Padre Island, where he owns a vacation home. Inhofe was traveling with a family friend and two staff members.

Though the runway was closed, the FAA investigation determined, Inhofe “still elected to land avoiding the men and the equipment on the runway.” But in a bid to avoid “legal enforcement action,” the politician--who has maintained he did nothing wrong--agreed to complete a program of “remedial training.”

In handwritten statements provided to FAA investigators, three laborers working on the closed runway gave eyewitness accounts of the dangerous landing by Inhofe, who holds a commercial pilot’s license.

G.W. Hanson, a construction foreman, said that when he realized Inhofe’s twin-engine plane was coming in for a landing, he ran onto the runway to get the attention of two workers “by waving my arms jumping and yelling.” As he did this, Hanson noted, Inhofe’s plane passed “directly over my head approx. 10 feet.” Hanson added that, based on the dust and debris kicked up, the Cessna appeared to have touched down and then “lifted up and swerved around” the laborers.

Worker Marko Rangel, who was sitting in a truck “stopped in the middle of the runway,” recounted how he first realized something was amiss when he looked in his vehicle’s mirror and saw a worker (who had been operating a street grinder)“running off to the side of the runway.” Before Rangel could move, Inhofe’s plane was landing, with its wing tip “maybe a car length” away from his red Dodge.

Waco, TX

#10 Jan 31, 2013
Wonder how many oklahoma voters knew this happened?

Waco, TX

#11 Jan 31, 2013
I've been flying since the 50s and a member of AOPA for 39 years. I have never been more outraged at a position that AOPA has taken than its sucking up to Inhofe whose flagrant and life endangering violation of regs would have brought a less empowered pilot far more serious consequences.

Waco, TX

#12 Jan 31, 2013
James Imhofe - a true OKIE asshat!!!!

Waco, TX

#13 Jan 31, 2013
Public servant my arse. He, like most politicians from both sides is a jerkoff.

Pearland, TX

#14 Feb 1, 2013
Andrew wrote:
76 years old and still flying, shows what guns and democrats can provide. bad enough he is trying to be a CNN disk jockey, if he can't hotrod an airplane how can he work in politics..... I mean shit, he's only been flying for 70 years! WTF? And I think I can just run down and get an abortion from a 70 yr old pilot! Never again!..
This has happened before on public highways by democrats. Just shows how it helps having 2 parties! What a hero!!

United States

#15 Feb 1, 2013
Inhole is a public jackass and the dumbass people of Oklahoma are extremely proud of him and his stupid saying and ways.

We, as one of the dumbest states in the union and proud of it, will reelect him so when he is in Washington, the IQ of the state will go up 20 points.

Tyler, TX

#16 Feb 3, 2013
Why do the people of oklahoma vote these thieves into office?

Lubbock, TX

#17 Feb 3, 2013
Jerry wrote:
Why do the people of oklahoma vote these thieves into office?
Because the ones smart enough to vote always do, and the others like yourself will be doing good to figure out how the toilet handle works, much less the voting machine.
Rick Pickens

United States

#18 Mar 3, 2013
I tried one of them new fangle voting machines. put my ticket in it and it went round and round and spit out my ticket. The overseerer said that i broke the machine and ordered me to leave. or maybe this was the kacino. Anyway i did not win and guess what????

You sh!theads lost also.

United States

#19 Mar 4, 2013
Is it inhole or azzhole?

United States

#20 Mar 4, 2013
Bert wrote:
Is it inhole or azzhole?
Doesn't matter, sameo--sameo.

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