How you can help Dress for Success Quad Cities – right here!

Iowa State University president cleared to fly again after bumpy landing

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Iowa State University President Steven Leath

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration retested the flight skills of Iowa State University President Steven Leath after he damaged a university plane on a rough landing.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said Monday that Leath had satisfactory results on the check ride in August 2015 and was allowed to keep his pilot certificate.

FAA rules say that such rides are usually required after accidents or incidents when the pilot’s competence was the apparent cause of what happened.

Leath has blamed windy conditions for his landing at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in July 2015 that damaged both wings of the school’s Cirrus SR22 single engine plane.

After The Associated Press revealed the accident last month, Leath vowed to stop flying university planes and made a $15,000 donation to cover the repair costs.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.