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Flight instructors provide insight of inner-workings of plane that crashed

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Local instructors and aircraft mechanics know first-hand the inner workings of teaching people to fly and maintain a safe aircraft.

Flight instructor Steve Smith, at Simsbury Airport, showed Eyewitness News on Wednesday the tight quarters inside his Cessna.

The trainer, which has dual controls like the Piper Seneca that crashed on Tuesday, will find the instructor in the right seat and pilot on the left seat, shoulder to shoulder.

If there was a confrontation inside the plane, Smith said seizing control by the instructor is a matter of pure strength.

"It depends on the size and the strength of the student, obviously. We have dual controls and in most situations you can overpower and keep the airplane going,” Smith said.

A PA 34 is similar to the Piper that crashed on Tuesday, and aircraft mechanics said it’s a very dependable aircraft.

Investigators said they are not ruling anything out as to what caused the plane to crash, but they said it was intentional.

Aircraft mechanic Pete Trabold said the twin engine Piper Seneca is a good plane.

"A very popular trainer because it is dependable. It does have enough power and it’s a fuel efficient, inexpensive trainer,” Trabold said.

Many private pilots and instructors in the general aviation industry hope investigators can find out what happened.

"There's never been an accident, or the case of a terrorist taking over an airplane, General Aviation and the safety record has been improving every year in these airplanes year after year,” Smith said.

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