Feras Freitekh, a 28-year-old Jordanian national who came to the United States on a student visa to study to become a pilot, has been identified as the man killed in a small plane crash Tuesday in East Hartford, Connecticut, CBS News reports. Freitekh was flying with Arian Prevalla, a pilot and instructor from a local flight school. Prevalla was injured, but is expected to survive. He suffered serious burns, officials say. The National Transportation Safety Board said it's initial investigation showed the crash was intentional. Sources told the Hartford Courant that Prevalla told investigators Freitekh intentionally crashed the plane. The crash happened just before 4 p.m. on Main Street in East Hartford, not far from Pratt & Whitney, a jet engine maker that is a major defense contractor. The FBI has now taken the lead in the investigation, the NTSB says. Police initially contacted the FBI because of the proximity of the crash to the Pratt & Whitney factory, which officials called "critical infrastructure." But sources told the Hartford Courant a search of Freitekh's Hartford apartment has not turned up any indications that the incident is tied to terrorism. But police said they have not ruled anything out. Click through the gallery to see more photos of Freitekh, who is pictured above in a photo from the Hartford flight school where he was studying. (Facebook)
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