A man is dead after a stolen plane crashes along the Texas-Oklahoma border


A man died after stealing a plane from an airport in Addison, Texas, and then crashing it near the Texas-Oklahoma border on Wednesday, officials said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the plane, a Cessna 172, was stolen from the ATP Flight School at Addison Airport, about 15 miles north of downtown Dallas.

The pilot — identified by DPS as Logan Timothy James, 23, of Stokesdale, North Carolina — flew the plane more than 80 miles northeast toward Paris, Texas, before crashing near the state border. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth mentioned.

Addison Airport told the station that the plane left the airport at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday.

It fell around 8:26 PM local time in an open field 9 miles northeast of Telephone, Texas. DPS said James was the only person on board.

It was not immediately clear whether the pilot had radioed for help or declared an emergency before the plane crashed.

An air traffic control recording from earlier in the flight captured an exchange about his plans.

“Right now you’ll probably realize that I’m not going to listen to all of your instructions and I’m just going to head to East Texas,” he said, according to ATC recordings obtained by NBC News. “I’ll be pulling the comm 1 circuit breaker and the comm 2 circuit breaker here soon, once I unplug the microphone.”

The National Transportation Safety Board, with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration, is leading the investigation, DPS said.

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