Plane crash survivor promises to play for U of M

Austin Hatch announced that he will be joing the Wolverines for the 2013 basketball season

Published On: May 01 2012 08:46:09 AM EDT
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

An Indiana high school basketball standout who survived a Michigan plane crash that killed his father and stepmother says he plans to play college basketball next year.


Austin Hatch of Fort Wayne had made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Michigan before the June 2011 crash near the Charlevoix airport. He said in an interview Tuesday that he'll be on the court with the Wolverines in 2013.

Hatch says he'll use a scholarship to live the life he and his father always had imagined.

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report that the crash that killed Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife, Kim, occurred after the single-engine plane stalled because of inadequate air speed.

This was eight years after Hatch lost his mother and two siblings in a similar plane crash.