The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)’s initial investigation of an Oct. 11 fatal accident involving a Piper PA 34 Seneca in East Hartford, Conn., “indicates the crash is the result an intentional act,” NTSB said in a statement. As a result, NTSB said was transferring the lead for the investigation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to media reports, the student pilot flying the plane was killed and a flight instructor was injured in teh accident. The New York Times reported the two men on the plane had an argument before the accident and that, based on the flight instructor’s account, law enforcement authorities believe the airplane was intentionally crashed. The accident occurred near facilities of engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.