NTSB investigation indicates small plane crash in East Hartford was intentional

Photo Courtesy: WTNH-TV (Media General), WTNH.com
Photo Courtesy: WTNH-TV (Media General), WTNH.com


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) –  The National Transportation Safety Board says the FBI is taking over the investigation into a fatal plane crash in Connecticut because of indications that it could have been a criminal act.

The NTSB said Wednesday that its initial investigation indicates Tuesday’s crash in East Hartford was intentional. An agency spokesman, Terry Williams, said he couldn’t elaborate on the basis of that finding.

One person aboard the plane was killed and another survived when the Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed Tuesday afternoon as they were trying to land at Brainard Airport in Hartford. It crashed near the headquarters of Pratt & Whitney, which makes military and commercial jet engines.

The mayor said Wednesday the survivor told authorities that the crash wasn’t an accident, but she cautioned the information had not been confirmed.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A small airplane has crashed near the Connecticut River, killing one person and injuring another.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2ed9wjN) the plane took off from Hartford’s Brainard Airport on Tuesday with a student pilot and an instructor aboard.

The student pilot and the instructor were trying to land at Brainard when the plane struck a utility pole in East Hartford and crashed around 4 p.m., bursting into flames.

Police say the pilot has been hospitalized with serious burns and the passenger is in the wreckage and is presumed dead. Police haven’t identified either person.

Two people in a minivan near the crash were traumatized and were taken to a hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration is on the scene.

Witnesses say the crash of the Piper PA-34 Seneca aircraft knocked out power to the area.


Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com


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