A report was released recently that may have shed light on a mysterious plane crash that occured in Colorado. Issued by the National Traffic Safety Board, officials may finally have found the cause for the the tragic accident: cell phone selfies.
Investigators report that selfies were likely to have contributed to the plane crash that killed pilot Amritpal Singh and his passenger last May.
According to local station KUSA 9, the pilot and passenger took off in their Cessna 150 around 12:30 a.m. but were reported missing at 3:45 a.m. by their family members. Their wreckage was discoverd at around 7:00 a.m. the following day.
According to the report by the National Traffic Safety Board, investigators discovered a GoPro at the scene of the crash which revealed that Singh and his passenger had taken several selfies with their cell phones during the duration of the flight. The report concluded that it was the flash from the cell phones that disoriented the pilot, causing him to lose control and crash.
From the report: "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."
All this is to say that he was likely blinded by the flash of the camera, which led to him being disoriented and crashing.
"Based on the evidence of cell phone use during low-altitude maneuvering, including the flight immediately before the accident flight," the report continues, "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."
Photo Credit: Wikipedia, Family photo/Adams County Sheriff's Office via KUSA 9