FAA ends probe into coaches' flights on state-owned planes, decides trips can continue



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EAST LANSING, Michigan — Federal officials have decided Michigan university employees can continue to fly on state-owned planes.

The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/1IKNFnf ) Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration ended an investigation into whether the Michigan Department of Transportation was licensed for such passengers. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says no additional action is necessary.

MDOT suspended the flights for about four months in 2013 after the FAA launched its probe. It concluded in June, roughly two years after the newspaper reviewed records and reported Michigan State University coaches were frequently flying on state aircraft for recruiting.

The newspaper found basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio were among the most frequent fliers. School officials say the athletic department paid for the flights and state officials say no regulations were violated.


Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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