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Businesses going back to normal following nearby plane crash

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On Thursday, questions continued to swirl about the student pilot who may have falsified information on his pilot’s license.

As for Main Street in East Hartford, where the plane crashed on Tuesday, life is finally beginning to return to normal for the people who live in the area, and local business owners.

Trainer Chris Richardson, who owns the East Hartford gym S.U.P.A., tries to create an atmosphere of organized chaos, but nothing could prepare him for craziness that happened just outside his door on Tuesday afternoon.

"There was a lot of screaming, the flames were high, it was just a very scary moment for everybody,” Richardson said.

The twin-engine plane crashed just down the road from S.U.P.A. Lifestyle, and several other businesses on Main Street.

Richardson’s heart went out to the two men in the aircraft, but the crash also created challenges for his gym.

"We lost power...we were out of business for two days,” Richardson said.

Supa Lifestyle and the other businesses were forced to close Tuesday and remain shuttered on Wednesday as investigators cleared the scene.

Richardson held workouts at a local park, but other businesses had to take their lumps.

Michelle Miller loves her job as a bartender at the Willow Inn, just a few doors down from S.U.P.A. Lifestyle, and said it was difficult for everyone during the investigation.

"I had no idea what to do with myself and I’m sure the clientele had no idea either. To break the routine with something so serious,” Miller said.

Miller and Richardson both declined to discuss how much money they lost, but the truth is, they were thinking about a lot more than money when they were finally able to reopen on Thursday – it was a welcomed return to normalcy.

Both business owners said that initially they were warned that their businesses may have to remain closed for an even longer period of time, so they credit federal, state, and local investigators for getting them to be able to reopen as quickly as they did.

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