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Report: FBI investigating if deadly plane crash in Connecticut was intentional

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — A small airplane crashed near the Connecticut River Tuesday, killing one person and injuring another. According to a new report, the crash may have been intentional.

The Hartford Courant reports the plane took off from Hartford's Brainard Airport with a student pilot and an instructor aboard.

The student pilot and the instructor were trying to land at Brainard when the plane struck a utility pole in East Hartford and crashed around 4 p.m., bursting into flames.

Police say the pilot was hospitalized with serious burns and the passenger is presumed dead. Police haven't identified either person.

Two people in a minivan near the crash were traumatized and were taken to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene.

Witnesses said the crash of the Piper PA-34 Seneca aircraft knocked out power to the area.

According to the New York Times, the FBI is investigating if the plane crash was intentional. The paper reports that the pilot told investigators the crash was not an accident.