The student pilot who crashed a plane from a North Texas flight school has been ruled intentionally dead
Death of A Student pilot whose plane crashed from flight school in North Texas was intended, according to a Fannin County magistrate judge.
Logan Timothy James, 23, died Jan. 24 after he told air traffic control he was headed to East Texas and suddenly cut off communications.
A Fannin County justice of the peace told the Star-Telegram that the medical examiner ruled that James intended to commit suicide and that his cause of death was blunt force trauma.
James departed on a Cessna 172 Skyhawk owned by ATP Flight School from Addison Airport north of Dallas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Once he was airborne, he informed the air traffic controller that he was “departing to the east,” according to an audio recording from the flight he posted Fez Airlines.
“By now, you will probably realize that I will not listen to all of your instructions,” James said in the audio recording.
He also told the air traffic controller that he was going to “unscrew” the microphone and pull circuit breakers 1 and 2, according to the recording.
“Say again,” the air traffic controller replied.
James did not answer, and the controller tried to call him back for 10 minutes, according to the audio.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk traveled east and then north toward the Texas-Oklahoma border before crashing in an open field nine miles northeast of Telephone, a community in Fannin County, according to DPS. The crash site was about 80 miles from where it took off.
DPS said James was the only one on board. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
according to FAA databaseJames received his private pilot certificate on December 24.
The ATP Flight School confirmed to KTVT-TV in a statement that The plane was a Cessna 172 from Edison Training FacilityBut she did not respond to questions about whether or how the plane was stolen.
ATP Flight School did not return a request from the Star-Telegram for comment. The 23-year-old grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, James’ father told KTVT.
His father said he was “a wonderful son with a gentle and loving soul.”
James began training at ATP Flight School in June, his father told KTVT.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.