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YouTuber faces jail after deliberately crashing his plane for views

By T.K. Randall
May 12, 2023 · Comment icon 13 comments

Don't try this at home... Image Credit: YouTube / Trevor Jacob
Trevor Jacob has admitted to crashing his plane on purpose to attract subscribers to his YouTube channel.
It seems that people will do anything for attention on social media these days, as evidenced by a recent court case in the United States involving a YouTuber who jumped out of his plane with a parachute and allowed the aircraft to crash - all so that he could upload the video for views.

The 29-year-old had been flying over remote mountains in California in December 2021 when he developed an alleged technical problem with the plane and was forced to bail out with a parachute.

It later transpired, however, that the whole thing was pre-planned - the plane had been equipped with multiple cameras to capture what was happening and there was nothing actually wrong with the engine.
Viewers had become suspicious when Jacob appeared to have been wearing a parachute in preparation for the alleged technical failure and had jumped out of the plane with a selfie stick.

"[He] did not intend to reach his destination, but instead planned to eject from his aircraft during the flight and video himself parachuting to the ground and his airplane as it descended and crashed," said the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

While he did return to the crash site via helicopter to dispose of the debris, he now faces up to 20 years in prison for "obstructing a federal investigation".

As things stand, it's unlikely he will be flying a plane again anytime soon.

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Splendor Solis 1 year ago
Couldn't we just throw him in jail for being an annoying Youtuber in the first place? Does the world really need so many of them?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
How could he afford to waste a perfectly good plane?
Comment icon #6 Posted by NCC1701 1 year ago
Very unprofessional.
Comment icon #7 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
As he rolled out and away he was heard to say "F-it!  It's insured" 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Scholar4Truth 1 year ago
This is why I never wanted to be a big Youtuber. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hawken 1 year ago
Wow, crash a plane that's probably cost 1000s of dollars just to get YT views. He's not an attention seeker, he's an attention junkie. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Dejarma 1 year ago
humans are crazy, well some anyway
Comment icon #11 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
Well, since there is proof he crashed on purpose the insurance is null and void.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Eldorado 6 months ago
A YouTuber has been jailed for six months for deliberately crashing his plane for views, and then lying about it to US investigators. Trevor Jacob, 30, posted the video of the plane crash in December 2021, implying it was an accident. He ejected from the plane - selfie stick in hand - and parachuted down to land. The clip was viewed millions of times. In a plea agreement, Jacob said he filmed the video as part of a product sponsorship deal.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Desertrat56 6 months ago
I remember this story and have wondered how he could be so financially stable to afford crashing a plane on purpose.  Those things aren't cheap.   

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