Iowa State president donates $2,500 more over plane accident

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University President Steven Leath has donated $2,500 more to make up for the costs of his accident in a university airplane.

Leath and his wife announced previously they’d donated $15,000 to the university to compensate for repair and storage costs the school originally paid after a July 2015 hard landing in ISU’s single-engine plane.

The school said Wednesday the Leaths gave an additional $2,500 after learning the actual costs were $17,300. The original payment was based on an estimate for repair costs that was low.

A pilot, Leath is trying to move beyond questions about his use of university planes for a mix of official travel and personal business. The Board of Regents is reviewing whether he violated policies.

The accident came as the Leaths returned from vacation.

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