Official: student pilot died of burns, smoke inhalation

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut medical examiner says a student pilot killed in a plane crash that authorities believe was intentional died of burns and smoke inhalation.

Dr. James Gill announced the cause of death Thursday of the student, who his office identified as Feras Freitekh. Gill said it remains under investigation whether the death was a suicide.

Authorities said they believe Freitekh was disgruntled about his flight training and crashed the small, twin-engine plane intentionally in East Hartford on Oct. 11 while arguing with his flight instructor, Arian Prevalla. Prevalla survived.

Freitekh is a citizen of Jordan who came to Hartford in 2013 to study at the American Flight Academy. His friends say they don’t believe reports that the crash was intentional.

The crash remains under investigation by federal authorities.

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