Hartford Police presence at home linked to East Hartford plane crash


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There is ongoing police activity at a Hartford apartment. Police say it is in relation to Tuesday’s deadly plane crash in East Hartford.

Hartford Police say that there is an ongoing presence at Ritz Grande Apartments on 29 Annawan Street that went through the night, but the scene is stable and safe. Neighbors say the student pilot, Feras Freitekh used to live at the apartments on 29 Annawan Street.

SWAT teams, local police, state police, and Federal Investigators were on the property through the night. Police say there is no suspect at large and that residents in the area are not in danger.

“Our SWAT team and our detectives were utilized to secure the residence,” said Hartford’s Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

So now, investigators are dissecting the apartment and talking with neighbors. So far, the folks we spoke with describe him as friendly.

Wanda Sanchez said, “They seemed like nice people. They were students, working and going for pilot. They were good. They were good peoples.”

“They seemed like pretty nice people. They come and go. They were ordering pizza and they say hi stuff like that,” said Bass.

A woman named Jessica who lived close to Freitekh said he was gentle, kind, and generous. She said he loved animals, kids, and plans.

Police say despite this large investigation, neighbors should not feel threatened.

“There is no eminent danger. They are safe,” said Foley.

So far, investigators have not revealed if they took anything from the home. Police left the scene in the afternoon on Wednesday.

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