The story broke the other day that the plane crash in East Hartford Connecticut might not have been an accident. Now there is a new twist.

When the news first hit about this small plane crash in East Hartford my first instinct was to pray for those involved. I breathed a small sigh of relief to hear that it wasn't as horrible as it could have been. I felt sadness for the student pilot who lost his life, and the instructor who was injured.

Then the news broke in the Hartford Courant that the student pilot had meant to do himself harm. A federal official told The Courant that the crash appears to have been a case of suicide:

Unfortunately, this looks, at this point, like an individual who wanted to end his life and used this event to do it.

So then my instinct was to feel horribly for anyone so conflicted that they took their own life, while risking the lives of so many others.

Now the plot thickens. According to, the pilot, Feras Freitekh, who investigators believe intentionally crashed a plane in East Hartford was using a fake address in Illinois.

Now my instinct is to have a bunch of alarms go off in my head. No good can be coming from this story, which is already bad.

Feras Freitekh apparently used an address in Orland Hills, Illinois, to get mail, but he had never visited the home.  Freitekh was a student at a Hartford flight school when a source says that Feritekh was distraught and feeling stressed over his poor performance at the flight academy, and was fighting with flight instructor Arian Prevalla before the crash.

Things don't add up here in my mind. Fortunately the National Transportation Safety Board has enlisted the FBI to lead the investigation. While nothing seems to point to terrorism at this moment, as far as I'm concerned, we can never be too careful. I can't help but think back to the student pilots training in Florida who would eventually bring tragedy to our country on 9 -11.

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