Hundreds attend service for plane crash victims

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Hundreds of people filled a church to remember a Fort Wayne couple who died in a plane crash in northern Michigan that left a teenage basketball standout critically injured.

The private memorial service on Wednesday at Blackhawk Christian Ministries honored Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife, Kim.

The couple died June 24 when their small plane crashed while approaching Charlevoix Municipal Airport. A preliminary report by
the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane's nose pitched up and the aircraft rolled to the left before impact as 46-year-old Stephen Hatch was attempting an instrument approach with a cloud ceiling of about 200 feet.

Hatch's 16-year-old son, Austin, suffered a serious head injury, a punctured lung and broken ribs.

The University of Michigan basketball recruit remains hospitalized in Traverse City, Michigan.

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