Pilot Taking Selfies Dies After Losing Control of Plane
‘Selfies’ likely contributed to a single-engine plane crash east of Denver last May that killed two people, federal investigators said in a report released last week.
The National Transportation Safety Board said a GoPro video camera was found near the plane’s wreckage in Watkins, about 25 miles east of Denver. Recordings on the device showed several flights where the pilot and his passengers were taking ‘self-photographs’ with their cellphones.
‘Post-accident examination of the airplane did not reveal any pre-impact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation,” the NTSB said in their report, released Friday. “Based on the wreckage distribution, which was consistent with a high-speed impact, and the degraded visual reference conditions, it is likely that the pilot experienced spatial disorientation and lost control of the airplane.’
‘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 report says.
The plane, a Cessna-150 two-seater built in 1970, took off just after midnight on May 31, 2014 from Front Range Airport in Adams County. It was reported missing by Singh’s family at 3:45 a.m. and the plane’s wreckage was found at about 7:30 a.m.
So, it was the middle of the night and pilot may have been using a flash to take selfies, causing his eyes to have to readjust to the darkness for a few seconds every time the flash went off thus causing him to experience “spatial disorientation?” Not worth it. Not at all worth it.
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