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Feds: Selfies Probably Contributed to Colorado Plane Crash

The pilot and his passenger were taking selfies during takeoff and flight.
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Investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board said selfies likely contributed to a plane crash that killed two near Watkins, Colorado, last year. @AdamsCoSheriff via Twitter

Federal investigators have concluded that the pilot of a small plane that crashed last year was taking selfies during the flight, and that the flash from his cellphone probably distracted and disoriented him, contributing to the accident.

The pilot, Amritpal Singh, and his passenger were killed when the plane, a Cessna 150, went down near Watkins, Colorado, on the night of May 31.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that a GoPro recording device was found near the wreckage. It revealed that the selfies were taken, with a flash, during the takeoff, the climb and the flight pattern, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.


— Erin McClam