US official: CT Plane crash appears to be suicide


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A U.S. official familiar with the investigation into a Connecticut plane crash that killed one person says it appears to have been a case of suicide, not terrorism.

The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

Flight instructor Arian Prevalla survived the East Hartford crash Tuesday. Student pilot Feras Freitekh died.

The official says the flight instructor described the student pilot to police investigators as disgruntled about learning to be a pilot. The official says the instructor told police there was an altercation in the cockpit during their training flight, and the instructor was unable to regain control of the plane from the student pilot.

The plane crashed onto a busy road near jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters.

Authorities say Prevalla told them the crash was intentional, but officials say there is no indication of terrorism.

Prevalla’s social media pages indicate he is president of the American Flight Academy. They say he is originally from Albania and now lives in Hartford.

Public records show Freitekh has lived in the Chicago suburb of Orland Hills since 2013 and received a federal private pilot certificate last year.

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