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Oct 12, 2016 11:59 AM

Update: Official says Connecticut crash may have been suicide attempt


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Police say there were two sets of controls aboard a small plane that crashed in Connecticut with a flight instructor and student on board, killing one of them.

East Hartford police Lt. Joshua Litwin told reporters Wednesday that he didn't know who was controlling the plane when it crashed on a road.

Official: Plane crash was suicide attempt

One person was killed and another survived when the Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed Tuesday afternoon as they were trying to land at Brainard Airport in Hartford, just across the Connecticut River from the crash site. Mayor Marcia Leclerc told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the survivor told local detectives the crash was not an accident. Leclerc cautioned that the information has not been confirmed.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the instructor or student had died.

Litwin says the person who escaped the wreckage is being treated for burns and is expected to survive.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. East Hartford police asked the FBI to assist the investigation because it happened near Pratt & Whitney, which makes military and commercial jet engines.

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