While Main Street remains closed for the investigation into the deadly crash, some East Hartford businesses said the closure means thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
With no traffic allowed through on Main Street, many business owners said they have been forced to close their doors. Sushila Patel, who owns the Madison Motor Inn, said she couldn't believe her eyes yesterday afternoon.
"I was walking and I see the plane flying low,” Patel said. “And I said oh this plane is going to hit the building."
That building is the Madison Motor Inn where 24 rooms were booked on Tuesday at the time of the crash. Patel and her husband own the motel and the nearby liquor store. The plane narrowly missed both locations.
"And I hear big boom, I'm running to see where it hit,” Patel said. “And it hit the pole and I see all dark smoke."
With Main Street closed, Patel was forced to temporarily close both businesses. Patel said each day that goes on means tens of thousands of dollars down the drain.
"Since 4 o'clock yesterday, Main Street shut down, my motel business and my liquor store business both completely dead,” Patel said. “We have zero business."
All this time, Patel thought the crash was an accident. She said now hearing it was intentional makes it even worse.
"That scares me more because why someone want to do that to innocent people, innocent businesses,” Patel said.
Investigators said it could be days before this stretch of road is reopened. And many business owners say they won't be able to open until that happens.
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