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)
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(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.