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2:35 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Senator Inhofe and the FAA

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe reaches deal with FAA over landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Jim Inhofe reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration over his landing of a Cessna aircraft on a closed runway in Texas last year.

The Oklahoma Republican completed a remedial training program rather than face possible legal action.

Witnesses say Inhofe "sky-hopped" the airplane over six vehicles and ground personnel as he landed and that workers were running for cover.

Construction supervisor Sidney Boyd says he was on the closed runway and told the FAA that the senator "scared" workers and "damn near hit" a truck before landing. Boyd's recounting of the Oct. 21 incident to the FAA was first reported by The Smoking Gun and was part of the FAA investigation.

Inhofe issued a statement Wednesday calling the event an "old story" and said the matter is over.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.