UPDATE: (AP) A U.S. official familiar with the investigation into a Connecticut plane crash that killed one person says it appears to have been a case of suicide, not terrorism.
The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.
Flight instructor Arian Prevalla survived the East Hartford crash Tuesday. Student pilot Feras Freitekh died.
The official says the flight instructor described the student pilot to police investigators as disgruntled about learning to be a pilot. The official says the instructor told police there was an altercation in the cockpit during their training flight, and the instructor was unable to regain control of the plane from the student pilot.
The plane crashed onto a busy road near jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH- Media General) – Four federal law enforcement officials tell the New York Times that the FBI is investigating the plane crash in East Hartford as intentional.
Those officials are speaking anonymously because of the ongoing investigation. The New York times reporting that the sole survivor is telling investigators that this was no accident. The FAA and the NTSB is trying to figure out what happened.
Crews are still on the scene. The East Hartford school district is warning parents that school bus service could be delayed this morning. The street where the accident happened remains closed. The Piper PA 34 aircraft on final approach to land at Hartford-Bradley airport. Instead of making it to the airport, the plane crashed in the 400 block of Main Street in East Hartford.
The aircraft missed a van with a mother and her children inside by inches, clipping an electrical pole, and cartwheeling down the street before coming to a complete stop. Investigators are currently trying to figure out the cause of the crash.
Police tell New 8 that two people where on the plane at the time of the crash. The student pilot died. The instructor is still at the hospital Wednesday morning.
Investigators are not saying who was in control of the plane at the time of the crash.