Flight instructor injured in crash released from hospital

Investigators look at the remains of a small plane along Main St, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in East Hartford, Conn., a day following the plane's crash. The FBI is taking over as lead investigator in the deadly crash of a small plane carrying a flight instructor and a student pilot because of indications that it might have been a criminal act, safety officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A flight instructor who was seriously injured in a Connecticut plane crash in which a student pilot died has been released from a hospital.

Officials say the instructor, Arian Prevalla, was released from the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital late last week after being treated for third-degree burns to 17 percent of his body.

Related: Medical Examiner releases cause of death in East Hartford plane crash

Federal investigators believe the Oct. 11 crash of the twin-engine plane in East Hartford was an intentional act.

Authorities said the student pilot was disgruntled about his flight training and crashed the plane while Prevalla struggled to gain control of the aircraft.

Related: New information and video released on East Hartford plane crash

The student, Feras Freitekh, was a citizen of Jordan who moved to Hartford in 2013 to study at the American Flight Academy.


Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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