Pilot, student had fight before fatal Connecticut plane crash, investigator says

People run towards the site of a plane crashed on Main St. in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (CBS News)
People run towards the site of a plane crashed on Main St. in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (CBS News)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A U.S. official familiar with the investigation says a Connecticut plane crash that killed a student pilot and left his flight instructor with serious burns appears to have been a suicide attempt.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

Flight instructor Arian Prevalla was badly burned, but survived the crash in East Hartford on Tuesday. Student pilot Feras Freitekh was killed.

The official says the men had some kind of fight inside the cockpit of the small plane and the instructor was unable to regain control from the trainee before it crashed near the Connecticut headquarters of a military jet engine manufacturer.

According to the official, the instructor described the student as disgruntled about learning to be a pilot.

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