Rut roh. Not good for the selfie craze, which, until now, has been on the rise. Constantly. Consistently. Kids are doing it. Athletes are doing it. Ellen is doing it. Parents are doing it. Grandparents are doing it. It’s everywhere.
According to a NTSB report, a small private plane crashed in May of last year due to selfie taking. The pilot, Amritpal Singh, and his one passenger were killed. A GoPro recovered from the scene showed several selfies taken during the flight, and the NTSB report concluded that the pilot became disoriented at low altitude due to the camera flashes.
From the report via 9 News:
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 and subsequent loss of control.
The report went on:
The pilot’s loss of control and subsequent aerodynamic stall due to spatial disorientation in night instrument meteorological conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s distraction due to his cell phone use while maneuvering at low-altitude.
Not a good look for the selfie. The friendly, rapidly-growing picture-taking technique hasn’t suffered much negative press over the years, but there have been a few instances.
There was that time Barry was taking selfies at Nelson Mandela’s memorial with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt while Michelle appeared to disapprove.
Then there was that time last month where Miss Universe contestants, Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon, sparked an outrage by posting this selfie.
This photo was so controversial, due to the ongoing conflict between the two regions, that Miss Lebanon had to post this explanation to the Book.
The moral of the story is this: while selfies are cool and fun and hip, they’re dangerous, folks. They’ve tossed a rift into the First Marriage. They’ve sparked outrage between two countries that have been at war with each other since forever. Now they’ve taken down an airplane.
So be cautious. Be careful. Selfie at your own risk.