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A deadly plane crash in Connecticut was ruled intentional


A plane crash in Connecticut that killed a student pilot on Tuesday was ruled intentional, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The student, who has not been publicly identified, crashed a Piper PA-34 Seneca into a utility pole, and the plane burst into flames. Arian Prevalla, owner of American Flight Academy, was also in the plane and was rushed to the hospital. The plane crashed near the offices of Pratt & Whitney, a defense contractor and jet engine maker, NBC Connecticut reports.

The path that the plane took could have been much worse. So we're very fortunate in that sense.
Scott Sansom, East Hartford police chief

The plane had two sets of controls, East Hartford police Lt. Joshua Litwin told reporters Wednesday. He said he didn't know which person aboard was controlling the plane when it crashed.

Prevalla told authorities the crash was intentional on Tuesday.

A deadly plane crash in Connecticut was ruled intentional

Authorities searched the student's home and did not find connections to terrorism, NBC reports. The FBI is investigating the incident. 

Here's the scene of the crash.

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