We’re sure it’s just a coincidence a student pilot who hails from Jordan attempted to fly a plane into a defense contractor which is described as “critical infrastructure.”
The F.B.I. is investigating whether the crash of a small plane in East Hartford, Conn., that killed a passenger on Tuesday was intentional, according to four federal law enforcement officials.
The pilot, who survived the crash, told investigators that it was not an accident. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.
Officials identified the passenger as Feras M. Freitekh, 28. Public records show he had lived in Orland Hills, Ill., about 35 miles southwest of Chicago. Federal Aviation Administration records show he was issued a private pilot certificate on May 29, 2015, and was certified to fly a single-engine plane.
The F.A.A. said the Piper PA 34 crashed around 3:40 p.m. on Main Street as it was on a final approach to Hartford-Brainard Airport in Hartford. Mayor Marcia Leclerc of East Hartford said the plane took off from a flight school at the airport.
The police chief of East Hartford, Scott M. Sansom, said during a news conference that the police sought the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation because the plane went down near a Pratt & Whitney factory on Main Street, which he described as being “critical infrastructure.”
The company, which has its headquarters in East Hartford, is a global manufacturer of jet engines for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft.
Ray Hernandez, a spokesman for the company, said in an email on Tuesday that the company was aware of the crash and that it did “not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved.”
We’re sure there’s more to come, but let’s not jump the gun, because Islamophobia.
“It will be a lengthy investigation for the next few days,” Sansom said, noting that it was too early to tell what caused the plane to crash.
“This … is a very complex situation with a lot of different agencies and a lot of different moving parts,” Oates said.
Officials were urging residents to avoid the area through the evening as investigators continued their work.
Not much is know yet about Freitekh, who entered the U.S. on a student visa in 2012.
The pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, was a Jordanian national who first entered the US in 2012 on an M1 Visa as a student to fulfill a course of study for flight school, according to sources.
Middle Eastern nationals at our flights schools. Gee, this has a familiar ring to it. His visa issued four years ago was supposedly temporary.
The pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, is a Jordanian national who first entered the U.S. in 2012 on a temporary student M1 visa to fulfill a course of study for flight school, CBS News has learned. At some point his status changed to an F1 visa, and he went to a language school in Toledo, Ohio. It then went back to an M1 visa.
You’ll be stunned to know his middle initial stands for Mohammad.