EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP/WTNH/AP) – A section of Route 2 in East Hartford, Connecticut, was closed Tuesday afternoon due to a plane crash nearby.
Our Connecticut sister station WTNH-TV reported that the plane crashed outside the airfield at the Pratt & Whitney plant in East Hartford, just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The FAA, who are investigating the crash, stated that two people were on board the Piper PA 34 aircraft; “The aircraft was on final approach to Runway 20 at Hartford-Brainard Airport.”
The plane hit a utility pole near 419 Main Street and burst into flames. Police said the plane’s pilot was taken to a hospital with serious burns and that the passenger was still in the wreckage and presumed dead. Police did not identify either person.
The plane crashed within inches of a van carrying a mother and her children, WTNH-TV reported. They were all taken to the hospital as a precaution, but were not injured.
The site of the crash is near a facility owned by the jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and across the Connecticut River from the Hartford-Brainard Airport. Pratt & Whitney officials said it doesn’t appear the crash involved any of the company’s employees or contractors.
The debris form the crash stretches out for blocks near the Pratt & Whitney plant.
Pratt & Whitney External Communications Manager Ray Hernandez released the following statement regarding the crash:
We are aware of the incident that occurred this afternoon on Main Street. Our thoughts are with the people affected. It does not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved.
Additionally, there is no impact to our operation here in East Hartford other than restricted traffic flow to the facility’s main entrance on Main Street. We stand ready to assist local officials as needed. Additional queries should be directed to the appropriate local officials.
Route 2 was closed for a brief period, but has since reopened. The exit ramps for Main Street in East Hartford remained closed.
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