Senator Inhofe Allowed To Keep License After Landing on Construction Site and Almost Killing Workers

Senator James Inhofe (R, Ok.) has remained the world’s most staunch critic of global warming — refusing even minor concessions on curbing pollution to reduce the danger. He appears to follow the same blind approach to flying. New released documents from the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that Inhofe intentionally landed landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport. The move reportedly endangered construction workers who had to scatter from his path as he “hopped” over them and at least six vehicles.

None of this was made public and no criminal charges were brought. That seems highly irregular since the FAA concluded that Inhofe, 76, did it intentionally and saw the giant X painted on the runway.

Inhofe was allowed to “complete a program of remedial training.” Lesson One, do not try to land aircraft on construction sites by hopping over workers and vehicles.

The supervisor at the scene, Sidney Boyd, is recorded as saying the pilot “scared the crap out of” workers and “damn near hit” a red truck. He added, “I think [the truck driver] 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.” What is also most striking is that Boyd describes Inhofe as showing no sense of guilt. Instead, he seemed angry that his path was not cleared: “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’” In a second call, he added “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.”

A later report from an air traffic controller put it succinctly: “N115 Echo Alpha landed right in the middle of them doing their work on runway 1331 and damn near killed somebody out there.”

Inhofe is quoted as dismissing the matter as “an old story.”

You can listen to the taped recordings on The Smoking Gun.

There was no public apology. No charge. He did not even get a nickname like “Get Off” Inhofe to warn future workers of his tendency have workers flee from his path.

For environmentalists, the temptation is a bit too great to argue that Inhofe flys the way he legislates: expecting God to make the controls. After calling global warming the “greatest hoax” in history, Inhofe added:

INHOFE: I think I was right on that, and I do believe — first off, let’s keep in mind, though, what the issue is. It’s not whether or not we’re going into a global warming period. We were. We’re not now. . . . You know, God’s still up there. We’re now going through a cooling spell. And the whole issue there was is it man-made gases, anthropogenic gases, CO2, methane. I don’t think so.

It appears you can also close your eyes as a pilot and just hop around obstacles.

Source: Smoking Gun as first seen on Reddit

62 thoughts on “Senator Inhofe Allowed To Keep License After Landing on Construction Site and Almost Killing Workers”

  1. OS,
    Thanks again. Would the NTSB be involved in Military plane crashes in the 1950’s? I would think it would be just the military or DOD officials. I will have to check out that link.

  2. tomdarch,

    “Senator Inhofe takes his responsibilities as a pilot seriously. #NotIntendedAsAFActualStatement”

    Lol – someone’s been watching “The Colbert Report” …

  3. Um… How is this different than driving into an active construction site on a highway and “weaving” side-to-side around construction workers and equipment? If I tried that on some interstate construction (“Whaddaya mean the exit ramp is closed? Screw you, I’m driving through!”) I’m pretty sure I would be arrested by whatever law enforcement was near by.

    Senator Inhofe takes his responsibilities as a pilot seriously. #NotIntendedAsAFActualStatement

    (An experienced, military-trained pilot? Tell me he wasn’t simply pissed off that he might be inconvenienced by the closure and decided to f*%k with the ground workers just to be a douche?)

    Maybe he was on an emergency mission from God to prevent some Satanic environmentalists* from blocking God’s will that tons of CO2 be dumped into the atmosphere! So he HAD to land on that closed runway.

    (The Tea Party is not new. I was told almost 20 years ago by a Lyndon Larouche supporter that because environmentalism was earth worship and earth worship is the worship of the Mother Earth figurehead, thus because Mother Earth is a manifestation of Satan, that environmentalism is Satan worship. Most strangely, this was in a square in Munich, Germany where he was trying to promote some Larouche-y monorail system (huh?) as a solution to all of Germany’s problems. Ah, human beings, we are always entertaining…)

  4. raff, the only way to look at a pilot history is to review the logbook. In the NSTB accident reports, you will often see a reference to logbooks. For example,the report might say, “Total pilot hours unknown, logbook not recovered due to post-crash fire.”

  5. OS,
    Thanks for the information on the database. I was hoping that it might go back into the Korean War or WWII era. I realize revocation is serious, but when someone arrogantly threatens the lives of people on the ground, I would think it would put him/her in line to lose their licenses.

  6. Instead, he seemed angry that his path was not cleared: “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’”
    so, all small aircraft have to file detailed flight plans so that the airspace, especially around airports, is safely controlled….no? Approaching an airstrip at an airport, no matter how large or small, is not done without radio contact with the towers?

    perhaps ther eis more to this than meets the eye?

    ps; unlimited airspace is rendered irrelevant when transitioning to solid ground….

  7. Blouise,

    “My rule of thumb … ”

    Good rule of thumb, thanks!

    “I wasted 5 minutes looking the word(s) up and found the majority of dictionaries show it as one word … ”

    Glad I have company 🙂 I did the same thing, thus my question …

  8. Here’s an excerpt from Greenwald’s column today: “Of all the topics on which I’ve focused, I’ve likely written most about America’s two-tiered justice system — the way in which political and financial elites now enjoy virtually full-scale legal immunity for even the most egregious lawbreaking, while ordinary Americans, especially the poor and racial and ethnic minorities, are subjected to exactly the opposite treatment: the world’s largest prison state and most merciless justice system. That full-scale destruction of the rule of law is also the topic of my forthcoming book.”

    This is really bad news and we must peacefully hold the powerful to account for their actions. Egypt shows the US the way.

  9. Stamford Liberal,

    “Is douche bag technically one word or two?”

    My rule of thumb … when in doubt with no time to look it up, hyphenate … a hyphen’s main function is connective soooo ..

    At any rate … I wasted 5 minutes looking the word(s) up and found the majority of dictionaries show it as one word … but not all for, after all, this is the internet.

  10. If he keeps flying, he is a good candidate for earning a Darwin Award. Just hope he does not remove anyone else from the gene pool. As a pilot that is. He is already working hard enough to send many of the rest of us for a dirt sandwich.

  11. Mere construction workers, folks. Probably don’t make enough to pay Inhofe’s monthly fee.

    Is douche bag technically one word or two? Either way, it describes Inhofe to a “t”.

  12. “Inhofe as showing no sense of guilt. Instead, he seemed angry that his path was not cleared”

    Another Marie Antoinette moment (picking up on a Buddhaism)

  13. Truth be told–Inhofe probably poses more of a danger as a Congressman than he does as a pilot. And we have all be shown what kind of a pilot he is.

  14. raff, revocation of a license is the most draconian penalty the FAA can impose, and is not used as much as people might think. If he had tested positive for drugs or alcohol, however, that would have pulled the trigger for revocation. Every pilot does something really stupid once in while, so they save revocations for the most egregious offenses.

    As bad as it may sound, the FAA takes the stance that things like this can be fixed with remedial training.

    In case anyone is wondering what those closed runway signs look like, check these links to photos:

    This photo is of one of the trailer mounted temporary markers. This is the approach end of a runway undergoing maintenance. Note the cement truck pouring concrete. Kind of obvious why this one is closed, which is exactly the kind of situation Inhofe saw. He flew over the construction workers and landed long.

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