The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 2, 2013

Mother of pilot killed in crash: ‘Say good things about my son’

By Karen Middleton
news@athensnews-courier.com

ELKMONT — The family of Nick Loggins, the 18-year-old pilot killed in the Saturday wreck of his single-engine plane, was savoring their memories of their only son.

Loggins, the son of Ted and Pam Westmoreland Loggins, was flying his plane from Pryor field northbound for Abernathy Field in Pulaski when the aircraft went down barely a half-mile from his parents’ Elkmont home.

“We had a hangar at Pryor Field and we had rented a hangar at Abernathy Field. His daddy had taken him down there to drop him off,” Pam said. “He told him he loved him and left.”

The next thing Ted Loggins was to hear of his son was when he was enroute to Pulaski and his wife told him their son had wrecked his plane.

Pam said she and her husband had purchased the 1977 Piper Warrior for their son just one month ago. He would have turned 19 in January.

She asked that we say “good things about my son.”

“He had been flying since he was 15,” she said. “He flew his first solo when he was 16, and got his pilot’s license when he was 17. He learned to fly at Redstone Arsenal and was a well-trained, experienced pilot.”

While the National Transportation Safety Board is in conducting its investigation of the wreck, Pam said, “We think it was a mechanical problem, but we don’t know.”

Loggins, who graduated in May from Elkmont High School, was a first-year aviation student at Enterprise State Community College. During his school years, Loggins was named state champion in youth wrestling three times.

Pam said her husband assisted the wrestling coach in middle school and high school.

The crash occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. A woman who lives across the road from the abandoned house Loggins’ plane hit when it went down just north of the intersection of Veto and Upper Fort Hampton Road said she heard two “booms.”

“I had heard a plane and then I  heard what sounded like a transformer blowing and then I heard a great big boom,” Mary Wise said. “They asked for a sheet, so I knew someone had been killed.”

Pam said the family had not made funeral arrangements while awaiting the release of her son’s body from the forensic lab. She said McConnell Funeral Home will handle arrangements.