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Iowa State president damaged school plane on personal trip

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Iowa State University is confirming its president was returning from an 11-day personal trip to North Carolina when he damaged one of its airplanes in a rough landing.

The school said late Friday that President Steven Leath reimbursed the school $1,100 for some costs of the July 2015 trip to Ashe County, North Carolina, where he owns a home and helps manage a Christmas tree farm.

The school said Leath had reimbursed it for three other personal fights to North Carolina, including one last month. In each case, the school said the trips "involved donor contacts" and personal business.

The university's Cirrus SR22 suffered $12,000 in damage to its wings when Leath, a pilot, roughly landed at in Illinois airport on his way back. The university paid the repair costs.

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