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Published: Thu, October 13, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

FBI asked to assist CT plane crash investigation

FBI asked to assist CT plane crash investigation

A twin-engine plane crashed on Tuesday afternoon in the downtown business district of East Hartford, Connecticut, injuring the pilot and two people on the ground, and the only passenger on board was presumed to be dead, authorities said.

Federal agencies are investigating whether or not an East Hartford plane crash was intentional, according to The New York Times.

One person from the plane was taken to an area hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what led to the plane coming down.

The pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, entered the USA on a temporary student visa in 2012 for flight school. Authorities said at least one person is dead and another.

The aircraft had two sets of controls, police said.

Crash happened on Main Street near Pratt & Whitney. and the street remains closed.

. They say he is originally from Albania and now lives in Hartford.

Crews are still on the scene. It does not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved. He is being treated at the state's top burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, but is expected to live.

A plane crashed near a van in East Hartford.

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. We stand ready to assist local officials as needed.

The site of the crash is near a facility owned by the jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and across the Connecticut River from the Hartford-Brainard Airport.

A US national security official, who confirmed the identity of Freitekh and requested anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said law enforcement would look into whether Freitekh had ties to terrorism.

"Nothing has been ruled out, including an accident", he said.

"I looked out the window and see a bunch of army men with AK's and guns and stuff like that", Eric Bass, who lives in the apartment building on Annawan Street, said.

Two people were in a nearby auto when the plane crashed on Main Street, police said.

All night classes at nearby Goodwin College were canceled Tuesday.

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