Flight instructor Arian Prevalla was in the plane that took off from Brainard Airport on Tuesday before crashing on Main Street in East Hartford.
Not only was he an instructor, Prevalla is also the owner of the Connecticut Flight Academy, which is located at Brainard Airport.
Eyewitness News was told Prevalla started the Connecticut Flight Academy 10 years ago and moved it to Brainard in 2007. Eyewitness News also learned he had an apartment in Hartford for some of his students.
Investigators have been at Brainard Airport, trying to learn more about the two people on board the Piper Seneca that crashed on Tuesday afternoon.
The Connecticut Flight Academy planes take off and land at Brainard, however the academy is in a separate building.
The website said Prevalla started the academy in 2006, and that he has experience as an international pilot and in business.
According to the website, two years ago Prevalla took over the flight school at Tweed Airport in East Haven.
Eyewitness News learned Prevalla owns an apartment on Essex Street in Hartford.
Neighbors said they have seen students living at the apartment.
Eyewitness News was also told Prevalla recently moved to Wethersfield with his wife and several young children.
A former flight student said most of the students at the academy were from different countries.
Eyewitness News called the Connecticut Flight Academy on Wednesday but was told an attorney will be getting back to us.
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