NDSU Trying To Sell Costly, Little-Used Plane

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

North Dakota State University is attempting to sell a seldom-used private plane that costs more than $5,600 an hour to fly, a university official told lawmakers who have questioned the expense.

The hourly cost is four times what another state agency pays to operate a similar plane.

NDSU's Beechcraft King Air B200, a twin-engine plane that was bought new for $2.34 million five years ago, is on the market for $1.55 million, said Gary Wawers, a controller in the university's accounting office.

During the state budget year that ended in June 2011, the plane was used for 41 flights lasting a total of 70 hours, Wawers told the Legislature's interim Government Services Committee on Wednesday.

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