Selfie plane crash: Colorado deaths possibly linked to pilot photos, review says.

Authorities Say Selfies Likely Helped Cause Fatal Plane Crash

Authorities Say Selfies Likely Helped Cause Fatal Plane Crash

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Feb. 3 2015 3:33 PM

National Transportation Safety Board Says Selfies Likely Helped Cause Fatal Plane Crash

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The crash site in Colorado.

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A National Transportation Safety Board review of a May 2014 single-engine plane crash in Colorado says it’s likely that “cell phone use during the accident flight” distracted the plane’s pilot and contributed his loss of control. The pilot, 29-year-old Amritpal Singh, was killed in the crash along with a passenger. The NTSB’s determination is based on recordings on a GoPro site found in the wreckage:

The GoPro recordings revealed that the pilot and various passengers were taking self-photographs with their cell phones and, during the night flight, using the camera’s flash function during the takeoff roll, initial climb, and flight in the traffic pattern.
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The crash itself was not captured on the GoPro, but a recording of a flight immediately preceding the accident depicted cellphone use, the NTSB writes.