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‘Reckless and reckless’: Video shows YouTuber crashing on purpose, FAA says

(KRON) – A YouTube star crashed his plane in California and claimed it was a fatal accident, all in an effort to gain attention on social media, according to the Federal Aviation Administration .

Daredevil Trevor Jacob uploaded footage of the November 24 plane crash to YouTube in December 2021, exactly one month after the stunt. The video currently has over 2 million views, while Jacob himself has around 134,000 subscribers on the platform.

In the video, Jacob appears to take off in his plane with the intention of spreading someone’s ashes in the Los Padres National Forest. Once over the mountains, its propeller seems to stop spinning.

“Holy shit,” he said. “I am above the mountains and I… [got] a broken down engine.

With a parachute already strapped to his back, Jacob jumps out of the plane, clutching a seflie stick to check in. He lands in thorny brush and proclaims, “I’m so glad to be alive.”

The video continues for another 10 minutes and includes footage of Jacob walking through rugged wilderness, like a self-shot episode of “Survivor.”

Many viewers on YouTube noted that the video appeared to be staged – and the FAA appears to have come to the same conclusion.

On April 11, the FAA sent a letter to Jacob informing him that he was now prohibited from flying as a result of the stunt, according to a copy of the emergency revocation order obtained by Nexstar. He was also barred from applying for recertification for a year.

“Your actions…were reckless and reckless in a manner that would endanger the lives and property of others,” the letter read in part.

The FAA detailed several pieces of evidence suggesting the stunt was staged, pointing to portions of the video that show: Jacob carrying his backpack before the propeller stopped; Jacob opening the door of his plane before the propeller stopped; Jacob made no attempt to contact air traffic control; Jacob made no attempt to restart the engine; and Jacob grabbing a selfie stick to film himself parachuting from the plane, among other suspicious behavior.

The FAA also noted that Jacob made no attempt to glide his plane to a safe landing spot, although there were “several” areas suitable for such a gliding distance landing, the letter states. .

After the crash, Jacob recovered the wreckage of the plane and disposed of it, according to the FAA. He also recovered the cameras.

“You have shown a lack of care, judgment and responsibility in choosing to jump out of an aircraft only to be able to record footage of the crash,” the letter reads. “Your egregious and intentional actions … indicate that you currently lack the degree of care, judgment and responsibility required of a certificate holder.”

Jacob was ordered to surrender his license immediately and told he could face civil penalties of up to $1,644 for each day he waited. It could also be subject to “further enforcement action,” the FAA wrote.

In response to the FAA’s letter, Jacob simply told CBS News that the agency “has raised some startling observations.”

Jacob, a former Olympic snowboarder, now says he intends to address the controversy in an upcoming video.

“Stay tuned for a video about the FAA taking my license for 10 months, coming out in the next 24 hours,” Jacob wrote in the caption of an unrelated YouTube video he shared on April 22. .