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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190612
Last updated: 6 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:American Flight Academy
Registration: N15294
C/n / msn: 34-7350047
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:East of Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD), Hartford, CT -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:East Hartford, CT (HFD)
Destination airport:East Hartford, CT (HFD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On October 11, 2016, about 1530 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200 twin-engine airplane, N15294, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Hartford-Brainard Airport (HFD), Hartford, Connecticut. The flight instructor was seriously injured, and the private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to International Aviation, LLC, and operated by American Flight Academy as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the airport at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed HFD about an hour earlier.

FBI is looking into the possibility that the aircraft was deliberately taken down by one of the two people on board, according to the authorities.
A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the crash appears to have been a case of suicide, not terrorism. The official said the student pilot, identified as Feras M. Freitekh, was arguing with his instructor. The flight instructor told investigators that Freitekh, a Jordanian national, was at the controls at the time of the crash.

The NTSB did not determine the probable cause of this event and does not plan to issue a report or open a public docket. The investigation of this event is being conducted under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.




Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

11-Oct-2016 21:13 Geno Added
11-Oct-2016 22:50 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
12-Oct-2016 17:07 jimmywaah Updated [Registration, Source]
12-Oct-2016 17:08 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator]
12-Oct-2016 17:54 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Oct-2016 19:09 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Nov-2016 21:25 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Mar-2017 11:06 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Aug-2018 14:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Aug-2018 14:34 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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