Hatch Family Involved in Tragic Plane Crash

349896700-24203431[1]2013 commitment Austin Hatch and his family were involved in a tragic plane crash Friday evening near Charlevoix, MI.

The Indiana News Center is reporting that Austin’s father, Stephen Hatch, and his wife Kim were killed in the crash while Austin survived the accident and has been hospitalized in Traverse City in serious condition.

This is the second time that the Hatch family has been involved in a plane crash. In 2003, Stephen Hatch was piloting a plane from Michigan to Fort Wayne which clipped a power pole. Austin was eight at the time but survived the crash. His mother, Julie, 11-year old sister Lindsay and 5-year old brother Ian were killed in the first crash. (Photo: Petoskey News)

Update: Here’s the latest on Hatch’s condition from the Indiana News Center, via a family friend:

“I got off the phone with a good friend of ours, Dr. Bob VanHorn, and he and his wife Renee were at the hospital today. Bob said that they had induced coma and he’s currently resting comfortably. He does have some broken bones. From what Bob told me, he’s got some broken ribs and clavicle. He did fracture his leg, but he said that there’s nothing that needs to be done as far as casting or pins, that type of thing. Both of his lungs are punctured from what I understand, but they’ve got that under control. The most important thing right now that they’re monitoring is that he has a fractured skull and he has some swelling on the brain.”

Michigan head coach John Beilein gave this statement on the crash:

“We are saddened to hear about another tragedy that has affected the Hatch family,” said Beilein. “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.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Austin and his family.

  • http://twitter.com/MGoShoe MGoShoe

    This is such a tragic story. Austin and his family are in all of our prayers now.

    • Mith

      Sadly it doesn’t sound like there might be much of his family left.  I don’t mean that jokingly either.  I wonder if his Dad was piloting this time too.  This is just bizarre.

  • Anton

    Loss for words. This isn’t fair. Prayers to Austin and his family. Just devastating news. 

  • A2JD

    Unreal.  My heart goes out to Austin and his family.

  • Mattski

    Desperately, unbelievably painful.

  • deadpoet1972

    may god be with this young man and give him strength.

  • maxwell’s demon

    I pray that he survives and survives without any serious injuries, so he can continue to play basketball. It may be the only thing he has left when he leaves the hospital.

  • Blue

    I can’t believe he or his father ever set foot on a plane after the first crash..

  • djordan

    Prayers for the Hatch family today. 

  • Toblav

    Condolences to you Austin.  This is beyond words, grief  hard so it can be brief.  Know many of us are wishing you the best.  

  • MGoTweeter

    We are all praying for you Austin.  Stay strong.

  • A2JD

    The_MDA Mr. Anderson Update on Austin Hatch: 2 punctured lungs, fractured skull but no brain bleeding, is in an induced coma. #PrayForAustinHatch13 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    • A2JD

      I don’t know where “The_MDA” got that info but I figured he’d have no reason to lie, so I reposted.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    This is just awful. I pray he can recover physically as well as emotionally. Hopefully he can play basketball again some day and use the game as some sort of means to overcome tragedy.

  • DingoBlue

    Such sad news.  I am lost for words.  All thoughts and prayers going to Austin and his friends to help him through this tragic time.

  • SamGoBlue

    This is by far the saddest story I have ever heard. No matter what team he plays for or is committed to, you have to feel for this kid. My hands are shaking just posting this because I feel so much pain for him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hatch family.

  • Kevin in GR

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Austin, his family and friends! To having gone through this type of thing once, but now again? Life just isn’t fair…Hopefully he will have people around him who can show care and support for him. Is there any way that we (posters at UM hoops) would be able to support him? Anyone have ideas?

  • A2JD

    It’s heartbreaking to see that they crashed right under a basketball hoop.

  • Paul

    Wow just wow.  So much plane-induced tragedy for 1 family.  Austin – please pull thru, and when you do, stay out of little planes not flown by professional pilots.  

  • Paul F.

    My God, What a terrible thing to happen. My thoughts and prayers to Austin and his friends and family. I read the news a couple hours ago at work.
    Thank you Dylan for posting it on Twitter.
    My heart is filled with saddness today.

  • Wayman Britt

    How tragic.  Speedy recover to Austin.  He needs all the emotional, spiritual and physical support in the world.  I hope he will be able to play basketball again, not for UM sake, but just for Austin’s sake. 

  • gpsimms

    This is too terrible for words.  That poor kid, that poor family.  Sounds like Austin’s condition is pretty bad, praying that he can recover, both physically and emotionally. 

  • FAN

    hope you man is ok sorry to here about the tragic story. My heart goes out to the hatch FAMILY ! GET WELL AUSTIN IN GODS SPEED!

  • Andy B.

    What are the NCAA rules about the coaches contacting him right now?  And what are the rules about what we can do to help him out?  

  • Bbuck5

    i hope you get well soon austin,it is times like this that build strong ppl and i pray you pull through with great stringth in your hart.GO BLUE!!!!!!

  • Brian_W_97

    Wow.  God bless Austin and his family.  Keep up the fight.  Here’s to speedy recovery for Austin.

  • mqtxc

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43534724/ns/local_news-fort_wayne_in/

    This was part of the story linked above

    ***Update on Austin’s condition from family friend Jay Leonard:

    “I got off the phone with a good friend of ours, Dr. Bob VanHorn, and
    he and his wife Renee were at the hospital today. Bob said that they
    had induced coma and he’s currently resting comfortably. He does have
    some broken bones. From what Bob told me, he’s got some broken ribs and
    clavicle. He did fracture his leg, but he said that there’s nothing
    that needs to be done as far as casting or pins, that type of thing.
    Both of his lungs are punctured from what I understand, but they’ve got
    that under control. The most important thing right now that they’re
    monitoring is that he has a fractured skull and he has some swelling on
    the brain.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cain-Derenzy/628750908 Cain Derenzy

    OMG!!!  The only thing we can do is give Austin time to heal and all of our Michigan Love.  With the reports being that his father, his mothers, brothers and sisters are dead, Austin will then live with next of kin to the father or mother.  Grandparents would be first, aunts and uncles would be second, and so forth.  Unless, he has a godmother or godfather.  They would be first in line before the grandparents. 

  • GymRat

    So sorry to hear this.  Hoping and praying that the kid pulls through.

    • Bluebufoon

       Another U-M website implied that Austin has some older siblings, which may have been his step-mother’s children from a previous relationship but these family members are reportedly at the hospital with Austin.

      • SamGoBlue

        Yes, he only had one full brother and sister. His older siblings are indeed his step-mother’s children, who are adults.

  • ZRL

    Get well soon! Hopefully Austin fully recovers and never steps on a plane again

  • KMichael

    I am from Fort Wayne, I pray that Austin can have a full recovery from his injuries, and that God will grant him inner peace for the rest of his life. Michigan not only got a very good basketball player, but a Great, mentally strong young man! God Bless you Austin Hatch.

  • Pino799

    I’m thinking the boys father was not a very good pilot and really had no business going up again, what a terrible tragedy! 

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