The University of North Dakota halted all flight activity on Tuesday after an aviation student died in a plane crash during a training flight Monday night.
The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Trail County, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The student pilot, identified by the university as 19-year-old John Hauser, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a commercial aviation student in Chicago.
The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the North Dakota Highway Patrol with assistance from the Trail County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert Kraus, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, emailed students and school officials saying all flight training activities were to be halted on Tuesday.
“Out of respect for the family, we emphasize that you should not speculate on this event and let the investigation take its course,” he added, according to a report from NBC News.
The school also issued a statement indicating that counseling services would be made available to students.
“We send our sincere condolences to John’s family, friends, classmates and fraternity brothers,” UND President Andrew Armacost said in the statement. “They are all in our thoughts and prayers. The loss of a member of our UND community affects us all.
A memorial was held Tuesday evening on the school campus.
“As we remember John Hauser and mourn his passing, opportunities to come together as a campus community can provide support and comfort as the loss of a friend affects us all,” the school said in a post. on Facebook.