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Eyewitness captures aftermath of plane crash on video

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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Moments after a plane crashed into a utility pole on a busy Main Street in East Hartford, eyewitness Michael Forbes pulled out his cell phone.

“I saw the plane, it just hit the wires and it fell, the tail, hit the back of that van and after that I pulled over,” Forbes said.

His video captured thick black smoke filling the area, showing the flames pouring out of pieces of the plane.

Tuesday’s plane crash in East Hartford knocked out power to people who work and live in the area.

“I saw this dark smoke and I’m thinking something is going on. I thought it was at Pratt and Whitney,” Forbes said.

A van just feet from where the crash happened had three people inside, and thankfully they all got out safely.

Two people were on the twin-engine plane when it crashed next to Pratt and Whitney – an instructor, Arian Prevalla, from the American Flight Academy, and a student pilot, Feras Freitekh, from Jordan.

Freitekh has been in the United States since 2012.

Prevalla survived and is currently in the hospital.

Authorities said someone crashed the plane, which has two sets of controls, on purpose.

Forbes lives in the area and said he travels down Main Street daily, and said he’s grateful.

“I feel very lucky because it could have been me, even a few seconds later maybe 30 or 45 seconds. I would have been right at that spot,” Forbes said.

On Thursday, crews were still working on fixing the wires. They did open the road, but only one lane.

Eyewitness News spoke to friends of Freitekh, who said he loved flying and wanted to learn more about it.

To see more photos from the crash, click here.

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