If 2014 was the year of the death selfie, 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the catastrophe selfie. People are getting killed by, and possibly killing others, because of self portraits.
“Selfies” likely contributed to a single-engine plane crash east of Denver last May that killed two people, federal investigators said in a report released last week.
The National Transportation Safety Board said a GoPro video camera was found near the plane’s wreckage in Watkins, about 25 miles east of Denver. Recordings on the device showed several flights where the pilot and his passengers were taking “self-photographs” with their cellphones.
In one recording, the pilot was captured using the flash at night to take selfies during the plane’s intitial climb and flight, the NTSB said. The deadly flight itself was not captured on the GoPro.
There’s no proof that this flight went down because of an Instagram shot but all signs point to — probably.
Investigators found that the plane’s crash was likely caused by an aerodynamic stall and “subsequent spin into terrain.”
“It is likely that cell phone use during the accident flight distracted the pilot and contributed to the development of spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control,” the report says.
It won’t be long before passengers are begging commercial airline pilots to let them take selfies in the cockpit. If this can happen, anything is possible.
[H/T: Denver Post]