ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) -- The mother of the teen who was killed in a Saturday small plane crash tells WHNT News 19 her son loved flying, and was an experienced pilot.
Pam Loggins looks down at her hands as she remembers Saturday afternoon. "He told me there was a crash, and that's all he could tell me, until we got to the scene and I knew it was Nick's," Loggins says.
The Loggins family wants answers. They can only speculate how their son Nick's one-engine plane crashed. "We're not sure what happened. We belive he had engine trouble," Pam Loggins says.
She says her son knew how to fly and was good at it. "He has hundreds of hours. He's very experienced."
Flying was something Nick always wanted to do. "He loved to fly. He told me when he flew he just felt free," Loggins says, "We bought him that airplane and he would wash it everyday. He was so proud of it."
But to a mother, every flight was a cause for anxiety. "His dad was comfortable with it but as a mother it worried me. It worried me sick, and he told me, he said 'If anything ever happened to me while I'm flying just know I'm doing what I love to do.'."
Words Loggins and her husband will hold close and never let go.
They say it's hard to realize their son won't be coming home. "It's very tough, but there's a reason for everything. We don't understand it right now, but we know. There's a reason."
Nick trained to be a pilot at the Redstone Arsenal. He was going to college, and when he graduated he had plans to work with planes. He would have turned 19 in January.