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Student pilots vetted before beginning flight training

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As the details surround the fiery plane crash in Connecticut continue to unfold, investigators are taking a hard look at the life of the student pilot.

Feras Freitekh would have been screened before beginning flight training, in accordance to federal laws.  

Freitekh manned the plane that officials said intentionally crashed one Main street in East Hartford, CT.

Freitekh is a Jordanian national who entered the United States with an M1 visa back in 2012.

“To me it sounds like a troubled individual,” said Rich MacIsaac, manager at the Northampton Airport.

MacIsaac explained that there is a thorough screening process before a foreigner can fly.

“They’re going to provide all their personal information - their passport, their visa, all of their background information.  They even get fingerprinted,” MacIsaac added.

However, the TSA does not look into the mental health of a pilot.

“It doesn’t look into a person’s mental background or their physical or mental history,” MacIsaac said.

The Associated Press is reporting that the plane crash was a suicide.  However, at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, investigators noted that the incident remains under investigation.

The NTSB and FBI continue to investigate a solid motive. The investigation remains active and fluid.

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