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UND working to protect pilots after student dies in plane crash

News - UND student pilot dies in plane crash near Buxton
News - UND student pilot dies in plane crash near Buxton
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 7:33 PM CST
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Two months after the loss of a student, the University of North Dakota hosted a summit on mental health in aviation. 19-year-old John Hauser, a commercial aviation student from Chicago, died on October 18th following a plane crash near Buxton in what’s believed to have been a suicide.

Now, UND aerospace leaders are bringing together industry experts to address pilots’ mental health. The main message: it’s ok to ask for help, and it generally won’t threaten your ability to fly. They say the hope is that they can instill a culture of talking early and talking often.

Hauser’s parents also spoke at the summit. They’ve since established an endowment in Hauser’s name. To read more about the summit, click here.

Click the links below to read our previous reporting on the crash:

UND student pilot dies in plane crash near Buxton

Vigils honor young UND pilot killed in plane crash near Buxton

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