EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 has obtained new video of the flames, smoke and commotion captured right after a twin engine plane crashed on Tuesday in East Hartford. A flight instructor and student pilot were inside that plane. The instructor, Arian Prevalla, escaped the flames and asked workers inside the American Eagle Financial Credit Union for help. He has since been sent to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for burns and is in fair condition.
“He was in shock,” said Dean Marchessault, the CEO and President of American Eagle Financial Credit Union who spoke for the company. “There wasn’t much exchange. He clearly was badly injured but he was able to make it. He didn’t have a lot of interaction. He really didn’t have much to say because he was in shock at the time.”
The student pilot was killed in the crash. ABC News has learned the man was Feras Freitek, a 28 year old Jordanian National. He obtained a visa back in 2012 in order to attend flight school at Brainard airport.
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The flight instructor reportedly telling authorities, moments before the crash he struggled with Freitekh over the controls. Authorities have said the crash was intentional with the Associated Press reporting that it appears to be a suicide.
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Authorities questioned owners at a home in Orland Hills, Illinois where it’s believed Freitekh got his mail.
“He didn’t have a residence in the United States,” said Chief Tom Sculley of the Orland Hills Police Department. “He would come from Jordan directly to the flight school and his dad continued to make money for him to attend the school.”
Today at the crash site, it’s about getting things back up and running. Main Street is open. Just one lane remains closed as Eversource works on the charred lines and pole that the plane hit. The drive through at American Eagle s still closed. A generator still powers the building but, employees are back to work.
“We had some counselors come in which is our normal practice in a traumatic event,” said Marchessault. “So they were there talking to all of our folks and we made sure that folks were comfortable coming back to work. Some came back to work in our back office operations yesterday and today everybody’s back at the facility.”
An autopsy is being done on Freitekh. The results have not come back.