Aug 21

Austin Hatch, Plane Crash Survivor, Plays First College Basketball Game

Austin Hatch, the surviving teen who lost his entire family in two plane crashes eight years apart, played his first game for the University of Michigan Sunday.

Hatch, 19, played the final three minutes of the second half of a pre-season game in Italy, according to Michigan Athletics.

He didn’t score, but the fact he was able to play at all is a miracle in and of itself given the near-fatal injuries Hatch sustained in the crashes.

His father, Stephen, and his stepmother died in the 2011 plane crash that he – and one of his dogs – somehow survived.

Hatch had just verbally committed to the University of Michigan nine days prior.

In 2003, Hatch and his father – who was the pilot in both accidents – survived a crash that claimed the lives of his mother and two siblings.

After the second crash, Hatch had to learn to walk and talk all over again after emerging from an eight-week-long, medically-induced coma, he said at a November press conference.

He is still trying to regain all of his cognitive abilities, he said.

“As you can imagine, it has been a heck of a journey to get here,” Hatch said Sunday, according to quotes released by Michigan Athletics. “Playing basketball at the University of Michigan has been my goal since I was a little kid.”

Having him on the court “was a special moment” for his head coach as well, said Michigan’s John Beilein.

“Austin even led us in the fight song after the game was over,” he said. “It was a great moment for our team; however, it was truly special for Austin and his grandfather, Jim, who was here in the stands.”

Leading the fight song was “unreal,” Hatch said.

“To lead the team in the fight song after the game is a big tradition,” he said, adding that he’d watched it on his visits to the campus.

“I always thought to myself, ‘I hope someday I am in a position to do that,’ ” he said.

Hatch’s year has been full of many such emotional moments.

His first day back on the basketball court was in January, and he scored a three-pointer in his first game for Loyola High in California, causing his coach and teammates to flood the court – and earning them a technical foul.

“It was the best technical foul I’ve ever been a part of,” Loyola Coach Jamal Adams told the Los Angeles Times.

“It was unbelievable what that kid has gone through and how hard he’s worked,” Adams said. “That kid has taught me you can come back from anything, that nothing is impossible.”

All his hard work is “for my father,” Hatch told reporters after practice on Aug. 13, according to a video on Mlive.com.

“I’ve done my best to honor him throughout my road to recovery,” he said. “He taught me how to work hard from a young age.”

Aug 21

One dead in light aircraft crash near Buckingham

Site of Padbury aircraft crashPolice officers and air accident investigators are at the scene of the crash near Padbury

A man has been killed in a light aircraft crash near Buckingham.

Thames Valley Police said the aircraft was found at Hedges Farm, off London Road, north of Padbury, shortly after 19:40 BST on Wednesday, and officers were still at the scene on Thursday.

The man, aged in his 60s, and the only person on board, died at the scene. No one on the ground was hurt.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed it had begun an investigation.

The model of plane is yet to be confirmed but police said it was registered to Bournemouth Airport.

Plane ‘stuttering’

An airport spokesman said the aircraft had not been there since 6 June.

Padbury Aircraft crashThe light aircraft came down on private farmland near Buckingham

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue, which sent three crews from Buckingham, Winslow and Great Hole, said the Bournemouth Airport control room had assisted firefighters with technical information to help them isolate the engine.

Butcher Tracey Carroll from Padbury Meats said she was in her back garden in the village at about 19:30 BST when she noticed a “plane circling, going back and forth”.

“It sounded like it was stuttering,” she said.

Fire engine at site of Padbury air crashThe control room at Bournemouth Airport helped Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service with information to isolate the plane’s engine

“It obviously was in distress, trying to find somewhere to land.”

She said she did not realise the plane had come down but shortly afterwards she saw helicopters circling, which went on for “a good hour”.

“We thought it was a really bad car crash on the Buckingham road because of all the police cars, fire engines and helicopters you could hear,” she said.

Aug 21

Bahamas Identifies Victims of Small Plane Crash

Associated Press

The four men who died in a small plane crash in the Bahamas were from Florida, police said Wednesday.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force identified the pilot as Robert Dean Carlson, 47. The passengers were Robert Michael Kennedy, 65; Terry Wayne Haines, 57; and Matthew Sokolowski, 42.

Carlson and Haines lived in Ormond Beach, Florida. Kennedy was from Deland, and Sokolowsi was from Clearwater.

Assistant Police Commissioner Emrick Seymour said the cause of the crash remained under investigation.

The Cessna 340 crashed into shallow water Monday on approach to Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama, about 70 miles east of Florida. It had flown from Ormond Beach Municipal Airport near Daytona Beach.

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