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FBI concerned about plane crash proximity to Pratt & Whitney

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A plane crashed very close to Pratt & Whitney on Tuesday. (WFSB) A plane crashed very close to Pratt & Whitney on Tuesday. (WFSB)

As the National Transportation Safety Board confirms the East Hartford plane crash was no accident, officials are warning everyone not to jump to any conclusions.

Some are wondering if Pratt & Whitney, which is just a few feet away from the crash site, could have been the intended target.

Brainard Airport is also nearby, so it isn’t unusual to see planes overhead, but the crash on Tuesday took everyone by surprise, and so did the news that this crash was intentional.

"I've been told Pratt & Whitney operations are business as usual. There's always security,” said East Hartford Police Lt. Josh Litwin.

Law enforcement officials confirm one of the reasons the FBI is investigating is directly related to Pratt & Whitney, which provides military engines to 31 armed forces around the world.

"We're located right next door to Pratt and Whitney which is obviously involved in the aerospace industry and things of that nature. There are some other circumstances with the area that we want to get everyone involved right from the get go,” Litwin said.

With Brainard and Bradley airports so close by, there is not a “no fly zone” over the East Hartford campus.

Addressing the plane crash in a statement to Eyewitness News, officials said “Pratt & Whitney is open and there is no impact to our operation here…the safety of our employees is our top priority and we are following our security protocols.”

"We are unable to comment further since this is an active investigation. We refer you to the appropriate authorities for additional information," the company said.

"I think in the coming days we'll have a better idea if not even sooner what may have transpired and we'll act accordingly,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Off camera, some Pratt & Whitney employees said they didn’t notice anything different about security on Wednesday, and said unfortunately they are not surprised that they could be viewed as a potential target.

To see more photos from the crash site, click here.

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