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NTSB: Selfies might have led to fatal plane crash

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Amritpal Singh and the crash site. Adams County Sheriff's Office photos Amritpal Singh and the crash site. Adams County Sheriff's Office photos

WATKINS, CO (KUSA) - Investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board said selfies likely contributed to a plane crash that killed two near Watkins in May of last year.

The pilot, Amritpal Singh, and his passenger were killed near the Front Range Airport May 31, 2014. The Cessna 150 took off at around 12:30 a.m and was reported missing at 3:45 a.m. by family members. It was discovered around 7 a.m. that morning.

According to an NTSB report, recordings from a GoPro camera recovered from the crash scene revealed that Singh and his passenger were taking selfies with their cell phones during the flight. The flash from the phones disoriented Singh, causing him to lose control of the airplane, the report said.

From the NTSB report:

Based on the evidence of cell phone use during low-altitude maneuvering, including the flight immediately before the accident flight, it is likely that cell phone use during the accident flight distracted the pilot and contributed to the development of spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control.

The NTSB said the 29-year-old pilot did not meet the requirements for night flights with passengers. Singh was listed as the owner of the plane.

The report concludes:

The pilot's loss of control and subsequent aerodynamic stall due to spatial disorientation in night instrument meteorological conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's distraction due to his cell phone use while maneuvering at low-altitude.

Read more at KUSA's website.


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