1 dead after plane crashes in East Hartford in front of Pratt & Whitney

(WTNH / Report It / Matt Le)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — East Hartford police confirm to News 8 that a plane has crashed near the Pratt & Whitney facility on Main Street in East Hartford.

Just after 3:30 p.m., East Hartford police responded to the area of 400 Main Street, on reports that an aircraft is down outside the airfield at the Pratt & Whitney plant. It is unknown how many people were on board.

The plane crashed within inches of a van carrying a mother and her children. They were all taken to the hospital as a precaution. The pilot got out of the plane, but a student on board is unaccounted for. Officials on scene confirm the student is the one fatality from the crash.

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The debris from the crash stretches out for blocks near the Pratt & Whitney plant.

Pratt & Whitney External Communications Manager Ray Hernandez sent News 8 the following statement regarding the crash:

“We are aware of the incident that occurred this afternoon on Main Street. Our thoughts are with the people affected. It does not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved. Additionally, there is no impact to our operation here in East Hartford other than restricted traffic flow to the facility’s main entrance on Main Street. We stand ready to assist local officials as needed. Additional queries should be directed to the appropriate local officials.”

East Hartford emergency responders told Breaking News Network that this is a private aircraft.

Aerial view of the plane crash wreckage in East Hartford (Image courtesy: WFXT)
Aerial view of the plane crash wreckage in East Hartford (Image courtesy: WFXT)

The FAA released the following statement:

A Piper PA 34 aircraft went down on E. Main St. in Hartford, CT at about 3:40 p.m. today. The aircraft was on final approach to Runway 20 at Hartford-Brainard Airport. Check with local authorities on the condition of the two people on board. The FAA will investigate.

Route 2 and I-84 at Exit 55 were closed for a brief period, but have since reopened.


Eversource is reporting more than 500 outages in East Hartford in the area of the crash.

News 8 received this statement from Kevin Dillon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority:

“A Piper Seneca aircraft was en-route to Brainard Airport this afternoon. Unfortunately, the aircraft did not complete its landing, and a crash was reported at 3:40 P.M. in the vicinity of Main Street in East Hartford. Two individuals were on board the aircraft. The incident is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Flight Standards District Office and the Connecticut Airport Authority. Further information will be provided at a later date by the appropriate parties.”

Goodwin College has canceled all classes for Tuesday evening.