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Pilot, passenger argued before deadly Connecticut plane cras


Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12:37 PM

The passenger who died in a small plane crash in Connecticut argued with the pilot before they went down, according to a report.

The pilot, identified as Arian Prevalla, argued with his student pilot Feras M. Freitekh shortly before the deadly crash Tuesday, the Hartford Courant reported. 

It remains unknown what led to the plane crashing near a Pratt & Whitney aerospace factory, killing Freitekh and leaving Prevalla with serious burns.

“Nothing is being ruled out at this time, including an accident,” East Hartford Police Lt. Joshua Litwin said at a Wednesday press conference.

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Smoke pours from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in Hartford on Tuesday.

(Jim Michaud/AP)

But law enforcement officials told The New York Times the pilot confessed the crash not an accident.

The Piper PA 34 crashed near the around 3:40 p.m., on its final approach to Hartford-Brainard Airport. Officials said the small plane took off from the airport’s flight school.

Two people who were in a minivan near the crash were treated for minor injuries.


The pilot reportedly confessed that the crash wasn’t an accident.


Prevalla, 43, is a managing member of the Hartford Jet Center, which as a flight academy, according to his LinkedIn page. He also served as the president of the American Flight Academy in Hartford. 

Freitekh, 28, had been issued a private pilot license in May 2015 and was certified to fly single-engine planes.

Federal authorities started investigating the incident because the plane crashed near the Pratt & Whitney factory, which was deemed “critical infrastructure.”

But company spokesman Ray Hernandez said that it did “not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved” in the crash.

The FBI did not immediately comment on the investigation.

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