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Teen pilot killed in Elkmont plane crash was avid flyer

Nick Loggins (Source: Family) Nick Loggins (Source: Family)

Larry Pylant was at his Elkmont home Saturday afternoon, when he saw a plane flying low overhead.

"It just runs through your mind a thousand things, but you knew the way the plane looked that something was fixing to happen and it was not going to be good," recounted Pylant.

In a matter of seconds, Pylant watched the plane clip a nearby utility pole. Then he heard it crash into a neighbor's yard.

As a firefighter, Pylant quickly responded to the scene. What he found was a crumpled Piper aircraft with 18-year-old Nick Loggins dead inside the plane.

"This was my worst day as a firefighter. We have worked numerous wrecks with fatalities, but those things happened before you got there. This was happening in front of my very eyes," said Pylant.

Just a few miles up the road, a mother was about to learn of the tragedy involving her son.

"He told me there was a crash and that was all he could tell me. When we got to the scene I knew it was Nick's plane. I knew it from the number," said Pam Loggins.

Pam Loggins dropped to her knees. This was by far, her biggest fear.

"As a mother it worried me. It worried me sick. He told me if anything ever happens to him while he was flying, he said, just know I am doing what I love to do," said Loggins.

The Loggins family bought the plane for Nick about a month ago.

Saturday he was flying it from Pryor Field in Decatur to Pulaski, Tennessee; a flight he successfully made with his parents just the day before.

"We are not sure what happened. We believe that he had engine trouble," said his mother Pam.

Nick was an experienced flyer, trained at Redstone Arsenal, with hundreds of hours of flight time. His mother showed us photos of the budding pilot.

"He told me when he flew he just felt free. We bought him that airplane. He would wash it everyday. He was so proud to have it," said Loggins.

There is no doubt Nick Loggins died doing what he loved.

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