TERROR WATCH: U.S. Officials Declare Connecticut Plane Crash Was Intentional
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that its investigation into a small plane crash in East Hartford, Conn. offered evidence that the incident was intentional. The agency has handed the probe over to the FBI.
U.S. authorities have begun examining potential terrorism links after the pilot, who survived the crash, told investigators that it was not an accident, Reuters reported.
The plane hit a utility pole and exploded Tuesday, killing a flight student identified as Jordanian national Feras Freitekh. The instructor is in critical condition with serious burns.
The East Hartford police initially asked the FBI to investigate the incident given the crash’s proximity to jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, which contracts with both the U.S. military and commercial companies. – READ MORE