NTSB links ‘selfies’ to deadly plane crash near Denver
Federal investigators say selfies were a likely factor in a small plane crash near Denver last year that killed two people.
The National Transportation Safety Board says recordings from a GoPro camera found near the wreckage show the pilot and a passenger were taking flash “self-photographs” with their cellphones before the May 31 crash.
An NTSB report released Friday said cellphone use likely disoriented the pilot and he lost control of the plane. It says the cause of the crash was probably an aerodynamic stall and that the aircraft spun into the ground.
KUSA and The Denver Post reported Tuesday that the crash killed 29-year-old pilot Amritpal Singh and his passenger after they took off from Front Range Airport in Adams County, Colo. The wreckage was found about a mile west of the airport.
According to KUSA, The Cessna 150 took off at around 12:30 a.m last May and was reported missing at 3:45 a.m. The NTSB said the pilot did not meet the requirements for night flights with passengers. Singh was listed as the owner of the plane.