FAA says Youtuber crashed his plane on purpose
Most photographers and videographers have gone out of their way to get a shot, but few have ever been so reckless as Trevor Jacob who, according to his Wikipedia page, “is an American snowboard cross competitor, extreme sports athlete, YouTuber, and former pilot”. .” And it’s this ‘elder’ we’re here to talk about because Jacob apparently deliberately crashed his plane in a now-viral YouTube video.
The YouTube video
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On November 24, 2021, Jacob was flying solo aboard the Taylorcraft BL-65, a small single-engine aircraft, over California’s Los Padres National Forest when he – at least according to Jacobs – experienced engine failure and had to parachute to safety and back to civilization.
Then, on Dec. 23, 2021, Jacob posted the nearly 13-minute YouTube video titled “I Crashed My Plane,” featuring multiple angles of the crash and his supposedly life-saving parachute jump. Almost immediately, the details of his story were called into question.
Like Airplane and Pilot the magazine explains in an editorial, video of Jacob’s crash raised only red flags from other pilots and aviation experts:
It was too perfectly choreographed. Jacob was wearing a skydiving parachute, the T’Craft’s door appears to be unlocked before the engine cuts out, the fuel selector appears to be off, according to a T-Craft owner, and the pilot’s reactions seem less than spontaneous in response to what many suspects were a false emergency. Everything seemed perfectly set up to make a video.
In the same way, the New York Times points that Jacob did not take any of the usual actions a pilot would take in a real emergency. He did not attempt to restart the engine or call air traffic control. He also points out Jacob’s parachute—”you don’t fly a small plane with a parachute”—and the fact that he could have landed safely even without an engine, as well as other incongruous details of the footage.
In short, nothing in the video was suitable for people in the know. And neither, it seems, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Allowed to walk
On April 11, 2022, the FAA completed its investigation into Jacob’s accident. In a letter to Jacob, he determined that he violated federal aviation regulations and flew in a “reckless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.” He immediately revoked his private pilot certificate, prohibiting him from flying.
For what it’s worth, Jacob seems to be fighting the decision. In another youtube videohe claimed his lawyer advised him not to talk about the plane crash, “but the truth about this situation will come out in time.”
Given the evidence stacked against him, it seems unlikely that he will take to the air himself anytime soon.
Stupid all around
I guess the big takeaway here is that if you’re going to fake something for a YouTube video, at least do it right (just kidding, of course). Giving the government agency investigating your negligence all the evidence they need to arrest you is almost as foolish as deliberately crashing a plane in the first place.
So yeah, maybe the next time you’re considering pushing the boundaries of common sense or the law on a shoot, stop and think for a few minutes – and if you have a plane, don’t crash it.