Medical Examiner releases cause of death in East Hartford plane crash

A plane crashed just inches away from this minivan just outside the Pratt & Whitney plant in East Hartford Tuesday (WTNH / Report-It / Frank Crandall)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has released the cause of the death of Feras Freitekh, the student pilot killed in the East Hartford plane crash from October 11th.

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The Medical Examiner says Freitekh died from thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. The manner of death however is still pending.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have said that the fatal crash was an intentional act.

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Freitekh was the only fatality in the plane crash that left pilot instructor Arian Prevalla injured. Prevalla remains in fair condition in the Bridgeport Hospital burn unit.