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Crash survivor plans to play college basketball

An Indiana high school basketball standout who survived a Michigan plane crash that killed his father and stepmother says he plans to play college basketball next year.

Austin Hatch of Fort Wayne had made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Michigan before the June 2011 crash near the Charlevoix airport. He told the Detroit Free Press in an interview published Tuesday that he'll be on the court with the Wolverines in 2013.

Hatch says he'll use a scholarship to live the life he and his father always had imagined.

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report that the crash that killed Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife, Kim, occurred after the single-engine plane stalled because of inadequate air speed.

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