April 16, 2014


Austin Hatch To Finish High School In L.A. (VIDEO)
By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Austin Hatch, a Canterbury High School basketball standout who survived two plane crashes, will spend his final year of high school in California. The Hatch family released a statement Monday afternoon saying Austin will move to stay with family in Pasadena, and attend Los Angeles Loyola High School. "Austin Hatch continues to make steady improvement as he prepares for his final year of high school education," the statement says. "The family is grateful for all of the care and support provided by the Canterbury School faculty and staff as well as for the community of well-wishers surrounding Austin especially those close friends and family in Ft. Wayne, IN." Hatch was badly injured in a plane crash in June of 2011 that killed his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, and stepmother, Kim Hatch, in Charlevoix, Mich.
Austin also survived a plane crash in 2003 that killed his mother, Julie; his sister, Lindsay; and his brother, Ian. Hatch committed to the University of Michigan days before the second crash, and the Wolverines have said they will honor Hatch's scholarship offer. "It's been great Fort Wayne, but I need to get prepared for Michigan," Hatch said Saturday in a note on his Twitter page (@AHatch33). "LA is my new home for the next ten months then off to Ann Arbor." The IHSAA also granted Hatch a fifth year of high school eligibility. Hatch Family Statement "Austin Hatch continues to make steady improvement as he prepares for his final year of high school education. Austin will be finishing his Senior year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California, and will live with family in Pasadena. The family is grateful for all of the care and support provided by the Canterbury School faculty and staff as well as for the community of well-wishers surrounding Austin especially those close friends and family in Ft. Wayne, IN. We thank you for your good wishes and for allowing Austin the privacy he needs while he continues to focus on academics, athletics and his recovery in general.