High School Hoops Star Survives 2nd Plane Crash

In critical condition in crash that killed his father, step-mother
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2011 7:03 AM CDT
Austin Hatch survived a second plane crash yesterday, but sadly his father and step-mother died in the crash.   (Shutterstock)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – A 16-year-old basketball star is in critical condition after surviving his second plane crash, reports the Chicago Tribune. Austin Hatch's father, who was piloting the single-engine plane, died in the crash, along with his stepmother. Austin had previously survived a 2003 plane crash killed his mother and two siblings. Dr. Stephen Hatch was also piloting that plane.

The week before, Austin had agreed to attend the University of Michigan on a basketball scholarship in 2013. "It was a very special moment for me," he told the newspaper. "There's nothing I don't like about their program, and I couldn't turn it down." A safety board official said a preliminary report on the crash would take about 10 days. Stephen Hatch's previous crash was attributed to inaccurate preflight planning, which caused the plane to run out of fuel.

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |