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Connecticut Plane Crash Intentional? FBI Investigating

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Smoke pours from the smoldering remains of a small plane that crashed on Main Street in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday. (Jim Michaud/Journal Inquirer via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 02:44 PM

A claim that a Connecticut plane crash was intentional is under investigation after the sole survivor of the crash told investigators it wasn't an accident.

Flight instructor Arian Prevalla of Hartford Jet Center survived when the small Piper PA-34 Seneca plane crashed as it was making a final approach at Hartford-Brainard Airport on Tuesday afternoon, ABC News reported. Student pilot Feras Majdii Mohammad Freitekh died in the crash when the plane hit utility poles, crashed to the road and went up in flames, the network reported.

The FBI has joined the investigation into the plane crash that took place in in East Hartford, Connecticut, ABC News reported.

Federal law enforcement officials told The New York Times that the FBI is looking into whether the crash was intentional, after its sole survivor told investigators that the incident was not an accident.

The plane crashed near a Pratt & Whitney factory, which is considered "critical infrastructure," prompting police to seek FBI assistance in the investigation, the Times noted.

“It’s way too early in the investigation,” the FBI’s office in New Haven told ABC News Wednesday morning, adding that they “will not speculate on anything at this point.”

The NTSB said, “If there is reason for us to believe that a criminal event has occurred, then we will take formal steps to transfer the investigation to the FBI.”

The person who died in the crash was identified as 28-year-old Feras Freitekh, who entered the U.S. in 2012 on an M1 visa to attend flight school, Fox News reported.

Freitekh was issued a pilot’s license in May 2015, becoming certified to fly a single-engine plane.

The instructor who survived the crash is currently being treated for burns, and is expected to survive, according to the East Hartford Police Department.

Lt. Josh Litwin of East Hartford Police said in a statement Wednesday morning that police do not yet know if the student pilot or instructor had control of the plane at the time of the crash.

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