Pilot Was Likely Taking Selfie Before Fatal Crash

  • Feb 3, 2015 8:12am GMT

A National Transportation and Safety Board report indicates that selfies likely contributed to a crash that took two lives. The couple were killed last May near the Front Range Airport, Colorado. The Cessna 150 took off just after midnight and was reported missing three hours later by family members. The wreckage was discovered after sunrise later that morning.

According to an NTSB report,

recordings from a GoPro camera recovered from the crash scene revealed that the pilot and his passenger were taking selfies with their cell phones during the flight. The flash from the phones disoriented the pilot, causing him to lose control of the airplane.

Based on the evidence of cell phone use during low-altitude maneuvering, including the flight immediately before the accident flight, it is likely that cell phone use during the accident flight distracted the pilot and contributed to the development of spatial disorientation, subsequent loss of control and stall.

The pilot did not meet the requirements for night flights with passengers.