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FBI investigating Conn. plane crash as intentional act of Islamic terrorism

FBI investigating Conn. plane crash as intentional act of Islamic terrorism

CBS News

The FBI is investigating whether a small plane that struck a utility pole near the Connecticut River in East Hartford was intentionally crashed, CBS News has confirmed.

Police said there were two sets of controls aboard a small plane that crashed in Connecticut with a flight instructor and student on board, killing one of them.The survivor is hospitalized with serious burns. Two people in a minivan were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

East Hartford police Lt. Joshua Litwin told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t know who was controlling the plane when it crashed on a road.

East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc said Wednesday that the survivor of the crash near a military jet-engine manufacturer told authorities that it was intentional.  Leclerc cautioned that the information has not been confirmed.

East Hartford police asked the FBI to assist the investigation because it happened near Pratt & Whitney, which makes military and commercial jet engines. Chief Scott Sansom called the jet engine maker “critical infrastructure.”

One of the men on the plane, Feras M. Freitekh, is a Jordanian national who first entered the U.S. in 2012 on a temporary student M1 visa to fulfill a course of study for flight school, CBS News has learned. At some point his status changed to an F1 visa, and he went to a language school in Toledo, Ohio. It then went back to an M1 visa.

The New York Times first reported that the FBI was brought in to investigate claims made by the instructor that the plane was intentionally crashed.

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