SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The fact that cameras are everywhere these days is helping crash investigators get a better understanding of what exactly could have gone wrong in the moments leading up to a deadly plane crash in Scottsdale.
Six young adults onboard a Piper Comanche lost their lives back on April 10 after the plane went down and exploded on a golf course north of the Scottsdale Airport.
Newly released traffic camera video shows the chilling moment the small plane went down.
Bill Waldock is a professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He took a look at the video to analyze what may have caused the crash.
Waldock said it appears the plane may have been trying to go back to the airport at the time of the crash.
"The two tip lights, the strobe lights clearly show the airplane is rolled over to the left a little bit. He's probably trying to come back to the airport," Waldock said.
The plane bound for Las Vegas began to drop out of the sky above TPC Scottsdale.
"You can even see how he proceeds and starts to lose altitude. He's rolling over and over to the left, to the point where he stalled the airplane and it rolls in," Waldock said.
That means the wing of the plane wasn't producing enough lift to keep the plane flying.
Still, the pilot had time to use his radio, assuring the tower that they were find seconds before the traffic camera caught the plane exploding in a ball of fire.
But based on the traffic camera video, Waldock says the pilot made the wrong decision to make that turn.
"That's what we try to teach pilots. If you have a problem, particularly if it's below 500 feet, don't try to turn back to the airport, as almost always, you'll lose control of the airplane and roll it in," he said.
There's also still the possibility the plane was overweight.
"If he indeed had six adults on that airplane, he's going to be, not only overweight, but probably tail-heavy," he said.
The six victims were from across the country and had been in the Valley for the Phoenix Lights Festival, an electronic dance music festival. Several of those killed in the crash also had massive social media followings.
The official cause of the crash is under investigation.