Authorities have reportedly determined that a small plane crash in East Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday afternoon was done on purpose, although no terrorist connection has as yet been identified.
The plane came down and burst into flames on the city’s busiest thoroughfare near defense contractor Pratt & Whitney.
“The National Transportation Safety Board said its initial investigation indicates the crash was intentional and that the FBI will lead the investigation,” the Hartford Courant reported. “The Piper PA-34 Seneca struck a utility pole and wires, knocking out power to the area, and was then engulfed in flames, witnesses said. The twin-engine aircraft, which took off with a student and flight instructor at Hartford-Brainard Airport, crashed about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.”
A student pilot, described as a 28-year-old Jordanian national, died in the crash. The flight instructor, who survived and his being treated for burns, “told investigators the wreck was not an accident, the mayor of East Hartford said Wednesday,” Fox News reported.
The two men were allegedly arguing before the aircraft went down. The deceased man reportedly entered on the US in 2012 on a visa to attend flight school.
Two people in a nearby minivan were treated for minor injuries, but no other bystanders were harmed.
“An initial search of an apartment where the student pilot was staying turned up no evidence of terrorism, the source said. But authorities are continuing to search the apartment,” the Courant added.
Police said they ruled out nothing, including the possibility that it was an accident, however.
More details about this intentional plane crash will be forthcoming as the investigation continues.