Judge rejects OSU bid to recoup crash costs

By Diana Baldwin Published: January 9, 2004
An Oklahoma County judge Thursday denied an attempt by Oklahoma State University to be reimbursed for more than $850,000 spent after the 2001 plane crash that killed 10 people returning from a Colorado basketball game.

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OSU crash expense report

The expense report is divided up into five categories. The categories and their totals:
On-site funeral expenses: $7,892.98
Local funeral expenses: $37,531.23
Assistance team expenses: $163,520.14
Memorial service at arena: $31,272.95
Miscellaneous expenses: $442,186.24
Total: $682,403.54

A separate filing for memorial preparation and materials totaled $170,128. Some of the entries:
$3.09: Flower stands at the Colorado memorial
$9.00: Tulsa airport snack with Lawson family
$9.49: Mailing memorial videos to families
$23.82: Medical supplies in Denver
$26.04: Supplies for memorial signs
$27.72: Orange ribbon
$29.86: Polo shirt
$83.65 and $119.50: Caps with logos
$324.00: Framed photos for families
$363.00: Screen rental at memorial service
$2,000: Music for OSU band to honor victims
$2,600: Land for the Colorado memorial site
$26,633.18: Victims' families transportation

District Judge Vicki Robertson refused to make the estate of pilot Denver Mills and three companies associated with the downed aircraft repay the university. OSU officials sued for the costs to build memorials honoring the victims in Strasburg, Colo., and at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, funeral expenses, counseling and to clean the victims' belongings.

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