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Small-Plane Pilot Risks It All - And Loses - For a Selfie

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USA Today's Mara Montalbano calls it "death by selfie," but there's nothing cute about what happened to 29-year-old Amritpal Singh and his passenger, who lost their lives when their Cessna 150 - the fifth most produced civilian plane ever, according to Wikipedia - went down in a field. The National Transportation Safety Board believes the evidence suggests the pilot was taking selfies on his smart phone shortly before the plane crashed.

In other words, this appears to be a case of distracted flying.

"Singh's plane was about 740 feet above the ground," wrote Trevor Hughes for USA Today, "when it descended rapidly and hit the ground." NTSB investigators believe Singh's distraction led to disorientation (because of the camera flash in a darkened cabin at night), which led to a fatal stall. This was all during the critical climb-out part of the flight, the initial take off, and Singh was taking selfies.

Read the USA Today story here, which is news because the NTSB has only recently issued its findings (the crash occurred in the spring of 2014). Though aviation accidents are relatively uncommon, the Los Angeles lawyers of Girardi | Keese do represent the families of loved ones who lost their lives in aircraft crashes. To learn more about our practice, please visit our page on aviation accidents.

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