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PostSubject: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 11:08 am

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-110625-michigan-recruit-plane-crash,0,4477505.story



DETROIT -- A 16-year-old high school basketball player with the promise of playing at the University of Michigan is fighting for his life after surviving his second plane crash.

Austin Hatch, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was in critical condition Saturday in a northern Michigan hospital after the Friday evening crash that killed his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, and his stepmother, Kim.


Austin and his pilot father had survived a 2003 crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings.

Austin had committed earlier this month to play basketball at Michigan, where his father and mother went to school.

Dan Kline, the basketball coach at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, told The Associated Press that the next 24 to 48 hours are going to be critical. He said Austin is physically and mentally strong -- someone "who can handle things."

"He's a very mature young man," he said. "You'd never know he was 16 years old."

Austin told the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne for a story published last week that he talked to Michigan coach John Beilein by phone and accepted a scholarship to enroll in 2013.

"It was a very special moment for me," he told the newspaper. "There was no reason to wait. There's nothing I don't like about their program, and I couldn't turn it down."

Beilein said in a statement that the university was saddened to hear about the tragedy. "Austin needs as much support right now as possible and I know he will be in the thoughts and prayers of the Michigan family during this difficult time," he said.

Dr. G. David Bojrab, a colleague and close friend of Austin's father, said the Hatches were flying to their summer home on a lake in northwestern Michigan, where Stephen Hatch and his brothers all owned property, when his single-engine plane flew into a garage near an airport in the city of Charlevoix.

It was the same home Stephen Hatch and the family were returning from nearly eight years ago when they crashed in Indiana.

A 2005 federal report on the September 2003 crash found inaccurate preflight planning resulted in the plane not having enough fuel. The National Transportation Safety Board determined a utility pole the airplane hit during its forced landing, a low ceiling and dark conditions also contributed to the crash.

Hatch saved Austin, but his other children -- Lindsay, 11, and Ian, 5 -- died along with his wife, Julie, 38.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said investigators were on the scene of Friday's crash and would be examining the aircraft, interviewing witnesses and requesting air traffic control communications and radar data. He expected a preliminary report within 10 days and a final report determining a cause within 18 months.
Copyright 2011, Chicago Tribune
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 11:14 am

I saw this on the news last night. I would say the boy is lucky, but he has lost his entire family.
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 11:17 am

One comment I got on facebook was that the father was irresponsible for taking another chance after killing his wife and children once already. I am not sure I agree but I had not seen it from that angle.
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 1:51 pm

It does seem like the father wasn't the greatest pilot, doesn't it? Most people would have stopped flying after the first one. But we don't know all the circumstances, I guess. I feel so sorry for that boy.
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 4:22 pm

What a horrible tragedy!!!

I don't think you can blame the Father unless it was something outrageously stupid that caused the crash. You take a risk driving in a car everyday.

The good news is both the father and son survived the first one and hopefully the son will make it again. I hope he has some close family around him. He's gonna need them.
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 4:51 pm

Very sad.
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 26th 2011, 6:01 pm

All I can think of is how many plane flights that boy will have playing basketball at different locations for UM. Uggh - he'll be flying most of the year. I hope he has some great support and strength to help him understand that he is not any more likely to be involved in a crash then the rest of us...but how could not have a bad feeling each time.

The good thing is that he and his dad did survive the first class and had each other. This time, he is a bit older and it sounds like he has some older step-siblings that hopefully will be a comfort to him this time. I hope the best for his recovery and long and happy full life.

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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 27th 2011, 3:59 am

I read about this yesterday. I pray he is able to heal fully and fulfill his dreams.

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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 27th 2011, 8:14 am

Wow, this is quite a story. Very, very sad.

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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 27th 2011, 9:40 am

HAPPY4LIFE wrote:
I read about this yesterday. I pray he is able to heal fully and fulfill his dreams.

I keep thinking about this kid. I hope that he can overcome this and see that there is a reason he is still here. I haven't seen anymore news about him.
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 27th 2011, 10:18 am

Heartbreaking!
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PostSubject: Re: Teen survives 2nd plane crash   June 27th 2011, 10:20 am

This is beyond sad.
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