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Real motive behind East Hartford plane crash remains unclear

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Debris remained on Main Street in East Hartford well into Thursday morning. It's since been cleared. (WFSB photo) Debris remained on Main Street in East Hartford well into Thursday morning. It's since been cleared. (WFSB photo)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A number of local and federal agencies continue to look into a deadly twin engine piper plane crash that claimed the life of a student pilot in East Hartford earlier this week.

East Hartford police said their detectives, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board and state police have been conducting a cooperative investigation.

All work at the crash scene was expected to be completed by Friday.

Check out photos from the scene here.

According to investigators, the plane was intentionally crashed on Main Street on Oct. 11.

Feras Freitekh, a Jordanian national and student pilot, was killed.

His instructor, Arian Prevalla, was seriously burned but is expected to be ok.

Investigators have not yet determined who was flying the aircraft.

Lt. Joshua Litwin of the East Hartford Police Department said businesses along Main Street began returning to normal on Thursday. Many reopened, including the American Eagle Federal Credit Union where Prevalla asked for help following the crash.

"Life is back to normal here in East Hartford thanks to the dedicated efforts of everyone involved with responding to the crash," said Mayor Marcia Leclerc, East Hartford. "I am incredibly proud of our police and fire departments, as well as our public works team for their quick and skilled efforts in responding to this incident."

An Associated Press report suggested that the motive for the crash was suicide by Freitekh. It cited a source close to the investigation who said the men had an altercation and Prevalla could not regain control of the plane.

Investigators have not confirmed that.

They said they are exploring all avenues in the case, including terrorism.

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