AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University President Steven Leath damaged a private plane in a hard landing in 2014, 11 months before he banged up a university aircraft in remarkably similar fashion.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press under the open records law show that Leath was flying in gusty conditions on Aug. 11, 2014, and "landed hard" in a crosswind, causing propeller damage. A university spokeswoman declined to say where the incident occurred or whose plane Leath was flying.
Two months later, Leath was cleared to fly the university's $498,000 Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane.
Leath damaged that plane in a hard landing in July 2015 in Bloomington, Illinois, while he and his wife were flying home from a North Carolina vacation. He has also blamed that incident on windy conditions.