2-time plane crash survivor Austin Hatch now a student aide

 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has announced that Austin Hatch will go on a medical scholarship and remain with the Wolverines as an undergraduate student assistant.

   Hatch survived two airplane crashes eight years apart, including a 2011 crash in Charlevoix county that severely injured him and killed his father and stepmother. Hatch’s mother, brother and sister were killed in the first crash.

   He played in five games as a freshman last season. Beilein said the school received approval from the Big Ten on Monday for a medical exemption waiver.

   Hatch, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said his father would be proud of his decision to focus on academics.

   He said, “After all that I have been through, it was a dream come true for me to put on a Michigan jersey.”