This is terrifying. The FBI is investigating claims that Feras M. Freitekh, 28, crashed a light aircraft ‘on purpose,’ Oct. 11 around 3:45 PM in East Hartford, CT. He is dead and the instructor pilot, along with two bystanders, are reportedly injured. Get the details.
A deadly plane crash shook East Hartford, CT Oct. 11, around 3:45 PM when 28-year-old Feras M. Freitekh, a Jordanian student pilot, struck Main Street with a Piper Pa 34, Daily Mail reports. Feras was killed in the crash. The student pilot was joined in the flight by the instructor pilot, who was injured. Two others who were near the crash site, were reportedly injured and hospitalized.
The East Hartford Mayor, Marcia Leclerc, said the survivor [the Pilot] told local detectives the crash was intentional, according to FOX 61. East Hartford Police Lieutenant, Josh Litwin spoke at a press conference Oct. 12 at the crash scene and said, “Nothing is being ruled out, including an accident.” He also said the instructor pilot is being treated at Bridgeport hospital and is expected to survive and talking with investigators.
The crash was near aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters. Daily Mail reports a witness said it was like a “mushroom cloud explosion.” The instructor pilot was reportedly rushed to the hospital with “serious burns.”
According to FOX 61, the plane struck a utility pole causing wires to come down, which resulted in 520 power outages.
The East Hartford Police Department Detectives, FBI, NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and Connecticut State Police are conducting a cooperative investigation into the plan crash, via the East Hartford Police Department. East Hartford police Chief Scott Sansom said the agency were looking into the incident because it “suspiciously” occured near Pratt & Whitney, which he claimed was “critical infrastructure.”
According to the the Police Department, there are no press conferences scheduled pertaining to the crash. However, the mayor has confirmed that “life is back to normal,” in East Hartford “thanks to the dedicated efforts of everyone involved with responding to the crash.”
This story is still developing…