NTSB Links 'Selfies' to Deadly Plane Crash Near Denver

Posted at 11:30 AM, Feb 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-03 11:30:00-05

DENVER (AP) - 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. The wreckage was found about a mile west of the airport.

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