Hundreds gather to remember UND student killed in plane crash
19-year-old John Hauser was a sophomore in the commercial aviation program.
Dozens of luminaires shined bright along University Avenue at the University of North Dakota as 300 people gathered outside of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity to remember one of their members, 19-year-old John Hauser...
"We are one big community, we all love each other," said aviation student Mason Gray.
No matter the major, everyone on campus spent the day mourning.
"Walking around to classes today you could tell everything was super still and quiet, said UND student Ciana Murphy.
The sophomore from Chicago was killed Monday night shortly after taking off for a routine flight to Fargo. About 20 minutes Hauser abruptly turned his single-engine plane around. Air traffic control then lost contact with Hauser. Air traffic data shows the plane fell from 3,500 feet at a speed of 146 miles per hour.
"The aviation community is quite small so it leaves a large ripple," said aviation student Lucas Dejager.
Investigators aren't sure why the plane fell from the sky. However, we have confirmed a 911 call was made for a suicidal person at the same time of the crash.
"A lot of new safety concerns and seeking help," said Gray.
A tragedy that will shake the UND community for days and weeks to come, and could have a long lasting impact on the aviation community
"There will be a lot of drawbacks from this and changes to the program," said Gray.