Small plane crash in Connecticut was intentional – NTSB

A small plane that crashed in the town of East Hartford in Connecticut, killing one person, was the result of an intentional act, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Wednesday. A suicide is suspected.

The plane crash, which occurred on Tuesday afternoon, left one person dead and another person injured. The survivor reportedly told investigators that the wreck was not an accident, East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc told The Associated Press.

“In light of that information and in accordance with established procedures the NTSB is in the process of transferring the lead for the investigation from NTSB to the FBI,” the NTSB said in a statement. “The NTSB stands ready to support the FBI’s investigation should a request be made for agency expertise.”

A U.S. official familiar with the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AP that the crash is believed to be a suicide, though the NTSB would not confirm that. There is no indication of a link to terrorism.

“This investigation is extremely active," said East Hartford Police Lt. Josh Litwin told the Hartford Courant. "It is still in its infancy. So I cannot confirm any specific details as to the situation or circumstances of those involved, the names of people involved or the circumstances surrounding the crash itself.”

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