John Hauser, a student of the University of North Dakota, died in a plane crash, according to reports. He passed away after the university plane he was piloting crashed into a field on Monday, October 18, 2021. 

Students who are in shock following John’s tragic death are being offered counseling, according to Grand Forks Herald. The flight training has been shut down temporarily. 

Who was John Hauser?

John was a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of North Dakota’s aerospace school, according to a statement released by UND President Andrew Armacost. He was reportedly a student from Chicago majoring in commercial aviation. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The university hasn’t revealed details about the aircraft that was being flown by John. 

Talking about John’s tragic death, Andrew said, “The loss of a member of our UND community affects us all.”

Meanwhile, the dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Robert Kraus, has stopped all flight activity for Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in a “safety stand-down”. 

John’s family is yet to issue a statement about his tragic demise. 

Details about the fatal plane crash revealed

The plane John was flying crashed around 8:30 pm near the Traill County community of Buxton in North Dakota, according to the Highway Patrol. 

Meanwhile, Keith Holloway of the National Transportation Safety Board has noted that the plane was dispatched by UND at 6:19 pm. The reason for the crash is yet to be determined. 

Holloway reportedly said that the preliminary reports could be ready in “10 days”, but it may take up to “two years” to complete the investigation to determine the cause of the accident. 

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First fatal crash involving a UND airplane since 2007

According to NBC News, the crash that resulted in John’s death is the first involving a UND plane since 2007, when a student and a flight instructor were killed in central Minnesota after the aircraft unexpectedly collided with geese. 

And, in 2000, another aviation student died in a crash on a twin-engine plane owned by UND in South Dakota. He was reportedly charged with a second drunken-driving offense just a day earlier. His name hasn’t been disclosed.