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Pilot in Fatal Plane Crash Was Taking ‘Selfies’

April 9, 2015 | Dominique A. Penson

A single-engine plane crash made news after 29-year-old pilot Amritpal Singh and his passenger were killed this past May. The plane was a Cessna 150 that Singh was piloting near the Front Range Airport just east of Denver, Colorado. Although the cause of the accident was undetermined for many months because there were no “pre-impact anomalies” found in an investigation of the wreckage, new evidence indicates that the cause of the crash was likely pilot distraction due to Singh taking “selfies” in the air with his friend.

According to a report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board, a GoPro camera was found among the wreckage. After analyzing the camera, investigators were able to determine that the two had been taking selfies on their phones using a flash while Singh took off on their nighttime flight. The plane ended up stalling and then careened back to earth.

The report indicates that it is likely the distraction caused by the selfies contributed to a loss of control of the plane, which in turn caused the accident. Singh also was not licensed to fly the plane at night with passengers.

There are numerous state and federal regulations that pilots and other aviation professionals must follow when in and around airplanes, and these rules are in place to protect everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an aviation accident, you may be able to seek compensation by working with a skilled New York personal injury lawyer at [ln::firm_name].

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