Oklahoma State University Tightens Travel Rules For Employees

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A year after a 1960s-era, single-engine airplane crashed, killing four including its 82-year-old pilot, Oklahoma State University will require all private planes and their pilots to undergo a review before being used for university-related travel.

The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges approved the university's revamped travel policy at a meeting Friday at Langston University.

The new policy tightens restrictions for all university faculty and staff, including student employees, who travel on university business. Among other changes, the new policy requires that a university aviation consultant approve all private aircraft that would be used for university business, as well as the pilots who would fly them.

It isn't clear what difference the new policy would have made had it been in force before the crash. However, the Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee aircraft, manufactured in 1964, and pilot Olin Branstetter would have had to receive approval from an aviation consultant before flying.

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