Plane stolen from Addison flight school; pilot killed in crash

A 23-year-old is dead after stealing a plane from an Addison flight school and crashing it in Fannin County.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says a preliminary investigation shows a Cessna 172 was stolen from ATP Flight School in Addison on Wednesday night.

The plane crashed in an open field nine miles northeast of Telephone, Texas, near the Red River.

DPS identified the pilot as 23-year-old Logan Timothy James from Stokesdale, North Carolina. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Records show he had an apartment in Allen

James had been issued his private pilot license in December, records show.

FOX 4 reached out to ATP for comment and more information about James’ access to the plane.

As for the intent of the theft and whether the crash was accidental or on purpose, those are questions federal investigators are looking into.

No one else was inside the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.