Saturday, June 25, 2011

So Sad

The crash was about 30 minutes away from Ryan's parents' house and it looks like the father was the pilot in two crashes - one in 2003 that killed his wife, son, and daughter, and another yesterday that killed him and his second wife. SADNESS!

Michigan basketball recruit Austin Hatch's parents die in plane crash; he's in serious condition

Austin Hatch, a member of the 2013 Michigan basketball team's recruiting class, is hospitalized in serious condition and his father and step-mother are dead after their plane crashed Friday evening in Charlevoix. reported that a single-engine aircraft with three passengers crashed into a garage in Charlevoix at 7:45 p.m. Friday. The aircraft was registered out of Fort Wayne, Ind., Hatch's hometown.

Karen Belcher, the director of publications at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne where Hatch is a junior, sent out a short email Saturday morning that read: "It is with deep sadness that the Canterbury community has learned of the deaths of Steve and Kim Hatch, parents of Austin '13, in a plane crash in Michigan on Friday evening. Austin was also in the plane and is hospitalized in serious condition. This is all the school knows at this time. Please keep Austin and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
A Charlevoix resident heard the Hatch's aircraft struggling before it crashed.

"It sounded like it was coming close to our house," Larry Nunemaker told "The engine kept cutting out. He crossed over the houses at the end of Carpenter and drilled in Teuschers' garage. It was definitely having engine trouble coming on."

FAA officials said the aircraft was headed to Boyne Falls, reported. The site also reported that Stephen Hatch was the pilot of a plane that crashed in 2003 on a flight from Michigan to Fort Wayne. Stephen Hatch and Austin Hatch survived that crash, but his wife, Julie; daughter, Lindsay; and son, Ian, died.

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