U.S. OFFICIALS BELIEVE CONNECTICUT PLANE CRASH WAS INTENTIONAL
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday it believes a small plane crash in East Hartford, Connecticut, was due to an intentional act and is transferring the investigation to the FBI. The plane slammed into a utility pole and burst into flames on Tuesday, killing a flight student aboard and leaving an instructor with serious burns. In a press release, the NTSB said its initial investigation indicated that the crash was "the result of an intentional act." A U.S. national security official identified the student as Feras Freitekh. Federal Aviation Administration records showed he lived in Orland Hills, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and earned a private pilot certificate last year.