FBI investigates possibly intentional Connecticut plane crash

Cell phone video taken at the scene of the plane crash. (CBS New York)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A small plane crash in East Hartford, Connecticut that killed one person and injured another may have been an intentional act, a law enforcement source tells CBS News.

The FBI is investigating the surviving flight instructor’s claims that a student pilot on board may have meant to bring the plane down, CBS News reports.

Cell phone video taken at the scene of the plane crash. (CBS New York)
Cell phone video taken at the scene of the plane crash. (CBS New York)

 

That student, 28-year-old Feras M. Freitekh, was killed. He came from Jordan to the U.S. in 2012 on a student visa to attend flight school, according to CBS News.

The New York Times first reported that the FBI was brought in to investigate the claims made by the instructor. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating.

The crash happened Tuesday after authorities say the Piper PA-34 Seneca took off from Hartford’s Brainard Airport. The plane struck a utility pole in East Hartford and crashed around 4 p.m., bursting into flames.

“There are two sets of controls in such a plane. As far as who was flying the plane at the moment of impact, I don’t have that information,” East Hartford Police Lt. Josh Litwin says.

Officials say the plane originated from a local flight school. The crash was near the headquarters of Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace manufacturing firm.

East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom calls the jet engine maker “critical infrastructure.”

Two people in a minivan near the crash were traumatized and were also taken to a hospital.

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