Authorities Investigating Whether Plane Crash Was Intentional

(East Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – A crashed in East Hartford Tuesday afternoon– killing one person and injuring another.

CBS News has confirmed that the F.B.I. is investigating whether the crash was intentional.

The pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, was a Jordanian national who first entered the US in 2012 on an M1 Visa as a student to fulfill a course of study for flight school, according to sources.

The crash occurred in the 400 block of Main Street near Brewer Street.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft, a Piper PA 34, went down around 3:40 p.m.

The plane was on final approach to Brainard Airport in Hartford when it went down on Main Street in East Hartford not far from the American Eagle Financial Credit Union.

Two men were on board at the time of impact. Authorities say the pilot was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center with serious injuries; he is expected to survive and is cooperating with investigators, said police. The second person died at the scene; as of 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, his body had not been removed from the wreckage.

The crash snarled traffic during the afternoon commute. Police expect the 400 block of Main Street to be closed at least through the Wednesday morning commute.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also expected to take part in the investigation and the FBI has been summoned because the site is close to Pratt and Whitney, said Police Chief Scott Sansom.


One Comment

  1. rjnvpn says:

    I suspected this was an Allah Akbar moment.

  2. Why NO mention — he was here illegally since 2013 — oversing his Visa — which is only good for a year? A litte too close to 911??

    7. How long can I stay in the U.S. on M1 visa?

    You may stay in the U.S. on M1 visa for one year, or for as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student in a vocational program plus thirty days to prepare to leave the country, whichever is shorter.

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