NTSB: Deadly Conn. plane crash was likely intentional

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NTSB: Deadly Conn. plane crash was likely intentional
CBS/AP October 12, 2016, 6:58 AM

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The deadly crash of a small plane that struck a utility pole near the Connecticut River in East Hartford appears to have been intentional, according to investigators and the surviving witness.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board announced it had turned over the investigation of the crash to the FBI because their probe so far “indicates the crash is the result of an intentional act.”

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 instructor pilot survived, but remains hospitalized with serious burns. Two people in a minivan were also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.



NTSB: Deadly Conn. plane crash was likely intentional - CBS News
 
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Oh wow. I hadn't heard this yet. I heard earlier it was intentional but my mind went to suicide not terror. Damn. That's right near Rentschler Field where UCONN plays. We used to go every weekend when our daughter went there for games.
 
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Will be interesting to see what the pilot says about it all. He claims its intentional. Don't they have some sort of over ride mechanism?
 
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Will be interesting to see what the pilot says about it all. He claims its intentional. Don't they have some sort of over ride mechanism?
They do, but they're not like automobiles...emergency course/altitude/attitude corrections happen slower.
 
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If you were an instructor pilot would you have second thoughts about giving lessons to a young middle eastern male?

The 9-11 hijackers, and now this guy?
 
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From the link, it appears the guy flying the plane may have been aiming at an aircraft engine factory:

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.”

Perhaps the plane crashed prematurely because of a struggle between the student pilot and the instructor.