YouTuber Pilot Charged After Intentionally Crashing Plane For Online Clout, Destroying Evidence (VIDEO)
YouTube pilot Trevor Jacob finally admitted he crashed his plane a year and a half ago for online clout.
In December 2021, Trevor Jacob posted a YouTube video of himself jumping out of a single engine airplane while he was flying from Lompoc to Mammoth Lakes, California.
The 29-year-old claimed he was forced to parachute from the plane because the engine failed.
But it was all a lie.
The stunt took place on November 24, 2021 and was uploaded to YouTube on December 21, 2021.
Trevor Jacob pleaded guilty on Thursday to a felony charge of “obstructing a federal investigation by deliberately destroying the wreckage of an airplane that he intentionally crashed in Santa Barbara County to gain online views,” according to the US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California.
Investigators used Trevor Jacob’s YouTube video to bolster their case.
Trevor Jacob lied to investigators when he told them he didn’t know the location of the plane wreckage.
According to investigators, Jacob drove the wreckage to Lompoc City Airport where he cut up and destroyed the parts of the plane.
“Jacob drove the wreckage to Lompoc City Airport and unloaded it in a hangar. He then cut up and destroyed the airplane wreckage and, over the course of a few days, deposited the detached parts of the wrecked airplane into trash bins at the airport and elsewhere, which he admitted in his plea agreement was done with the intent to obstruct federal authorities from investigating the November 24 plane crash.” the DOJ said.
Trevor Jacob also lied to federal investigators when he submitted an aircraft accident incident where he falsely claimed the aircraft lost all power 35 minutes after takeoff.
“Jacob also lied to an FAA aviation safety inspector when he said the airplane’s engine had quit and, because he could not identify any safe landing options, he had parachuted out of the plane.” the DOJ said.
Trevor Jacob faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
The FAA revoked his pilot license in April 2022.
Via the DOJ:
On November 24, 2021, Jacob took off in his airplane from Lompoc City Airport on a solo flight purportedly destined for Mammoth Lakes. Jacob 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
Source: The Gateway Pundit