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Pilot killed in crash after allegedly stealing plane from Texas flight school

A 23-year-old man is dead after stealing a plane from a Dallas-area flight school and crashing it in Fannin County, investigators announced on Thursday.

A 23-year-old man is dead after stealing a plane from a Dallas-area flight school and crashing it in a rural area of Northeast Texas.

Authorities identified the pilot as Logan Timothy James from Stokesdale, North Carolina. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday about nine miles northeast of Telephone, Texas, near the Red River in Fannin County, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) obtained by Fox 4 Dallas. 


DPS stated that a preliminary investigation shows a Cessna 172 was stolen from ATP Flight School in Addison on Wednesday night. From there, the plane was flown more than 80 miles northeast toward Paris.

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James was the only person in the aircraft and no other injuries were reported, according to investigators.

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DPS told Fox News Digital that the National Transportation Safety Board is now leading the investigation into the crash and is being assisted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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