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Did selfies cause deadly Denver plane crash?

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(Photo credit: KCNC-TV)

According to federal investigators, the likely cause of a small plane crash that killed two people near Denver last year was selfies.


Twenty-nine-year-old Amritpal Singh and an unidentified passenger were killed in the May 2014 crash shortly after taking off from Front Range Airport in Adams County, Colorado. Recovery crews found the plane’s wreckage about one mile west of the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board says images from a GoPro camera recovered among the wreckage show that Singh, the plane’s pilot, and the passenger were taking selfies shortly before the crash occurred.


In a recently released report, the NTSB says the pilot was most likely disoriented by the camera’s flash and lost control of the plane. The report concludes that the plane stalled and most likely spun into the ground, killing both passengers upon impact.

Investigators say the camera did not contain footage of the actual crash, however the camera did contain selfies of the pilot and passengers from previous flights.

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