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FBI Investigating Deadly Small Plane Crash in Connecticut

What to Know

  • A small twin-engine Piper PA 34 plane crashed in East Hartford on Tuesday around 3:40 p.m.
  • The plane was carrying two people. One is dead, while the pilot was transported to the hospital.
  • Crash happened on Main Street near Pratt & Whitney. and the street remains closed

The police chief in East Hartford, Connecticut, has asked the FBI to assist the investigation into a deadly plane crash because it happened so close to Pratt & Whitney corporate headquarters. 

Chief Scott Sansom called the jet engine maker "critical infrastructure." 

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are also involved in the investigation. 

Authorities say a student pilot and an instructor were trying to land the Piper PA-34 Seneca at Brainard Airport in Hartford when it struck a utility pole and crashed onto the road around 4 p.m. Tuesday, bursting into flames. 

Police say the pilot was hospitalized with serious burns and the passenger was in the wreckage and presumed dead. Police haven't released names. 

Two people in a minivan were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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