U-M basketball recruit Austin Hatch in critical condition as more plane crash details emerge
Austin Hatch , who earlier this month accepted a University of Michigan basketball scholarship, is fighting for his life after surviving a plane crash that killed his father and stepmother, the Journal Gazette is reporting.
More details have emerged on the crash that occurred in Charlevoix. Hatch is listed in critical condition at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, a hospital official said Sunday.
Hatch is a junior at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a member of the 2013 Michigan basketball team’s recruiting class.
His father, Stephen Hatch, was also the pilot of a single-prop 1990 Beechcraft-Bonanza that crashed near Bluffton, Ind., on Sept. 1, 2003 on a flight from Boyne City to Fort Wayne. Stephen Hatch and Austin Hatch survived, but his wife, Julie; daughter, Lindsay; and son, Ian, died.
In a report released in January 2005, the National Transportation and Safety Board determined that "the pilot's inaccurate preflight planning which resulted in an inadequate fuel supply and subsequent fuel exhaustion" played a role in the accident.
Stephen Hatch was a Fort Wayne, Ind. pain specialist, according to FortWayne.com. Dr. Hatch’s medical practice partner told the news outlet the doctor’s son is in an induced coma after suffering bruising on his brain and fractures to his ribs and collarbone, and that it’s not yet clear if he’ll regain his capabilities as the extent of his brain injuries aren’t yet known. The 6-foot-6 Hatch is a guard/forward for Canterbury High School.
Witnesses told Petoskeynews.com the plane’s engine kept cutting out before it plowed into a garage Friday at 7:45 p.m. on a residential street in Charlevoix.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the family was headed to their summer home in northern Michigan. The paper also reports that Stephen Hatch owns a flight instruction school and he's been a pilot since 1997.