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You won't believe why this pilot crashed!

You won't believe why this pilot crashed!
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If I said it once, I've said it a million times. There are places you just shouldn't take selfies, mainly while driving. In fact, I've warned you time and time again not to use your phone AT ALL while you are behind the wheel.

Now I need to warn all you pilots out there to put it away while you're flying. It's a growing trend among pilots to snap photos in the cockpit, despite the fact that the practice is against federal regulations.

That trend might soon reverse (let's hope) now that a pilot has killed himself and a passenger while taking selfies with his GoPro while flying, likely being distracted by the camera's flash.

Amritpal Singh and his passenger, Jatinder Singh, were killed shortly after midnight on May 31, 2014. Their plane crashed outside Denver, Colorado. National Transportation Safety Board investigators blamed the selfies in their report.

“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.”

According to Quartz, "it’s the first time the NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] has blamed a plane crash on the pilot taking photos."

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