Austin Hatch to play 2 seasons of HS basketball after plane crash at Mich. airport killed father, stepmother

IHSAA gives 5th year of eligibility to Fort Wayne prep player who survived plane crash

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Austin Hatch survived a June 2011 plane crash at a Michigan airport that killed his father and stepmother.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A Fort Wayne basketball standout who survived a Michigan plane crash in June 2001 that killed his father and stepmother has been granted an extra year of high school eligibility.

An Indiana High School Athletic Association spokesman said Wednesday the move by Commissioner Bobby Cox means Austin Hatch can play two more seasons.

Hatch didn't play basketball at Canterbury High last season while recovering from injuries sustained in the June 24, 2011, plane crash near the Charlevoix Municipal Airport in Michigan.

Hatch also survived a plane crash eight years earlier that killed his mother.

Hatch made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Michigan before the crash.

IHSAA spokesman Jason Wille says the IHSAA rarely approves fifth years of eligibility.

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