A Fort Wayne physician who was involved in a fatal plane crash in 2003 was killed when the plane he was flying Friday night crashed into a garage near an airport in Michigan.
Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife, Kim, died in the plane crash just north of the airport in Charlevoix, Mich. Hatch's son, Austin Hatch, was critically injured, according to an email sent from Canterbury school, where Austin is a student.
The Beechcraft A36 crashed nose-first into a garage on a residential street near the Charlevoix Municipal Airport, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Austin Hatch, a junior, is a standout on the boys basketball team and recently committed to play at the University of Michigan. He was in critical condition at Munson Medical Center in nearby Traverse City, according to a nursing supervisor at the hospital.
The plane was headed for Boyne Falls but diverted to Charlevoix for an unknown reason, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. Boyne Falls is about 30 miles southwest of Charlevoix, a luxury resort town on Lake Michigan.
Stephen Hatch was a physician who specialized in pain management and was the owner of Smith Field Air Services, according to The Journal Gazette archives.
In 2003, Stephen and Austin Hatch survived a plane crash that killed Hatch's former wife Julie L. Hatch and two children – Lindsay, 11, and Ian, 5. Austin was 8 when the plane crashed at County Road 100 West between 800 and 900 North in Wells County on Sept. 1, 2003.
Stephen Hatch received a private pilot certificate in 1997 and obtained an instrument rating the following year. He had 836.3 hours of flight time by August 2003, of which 666.6 hours were as pilot-in-command, according to archives.
Authorities continue to investigate Friday's crash and its possible cause.