Trevor Jacob has 133,000+ YouTube subscribers and recently went under investigation after he was accused of crashing a plane he piloted on purpose to record it for a video.
The video posted last December shows Jacob parachuting out of an aircraft after experiencing “engine failure” while flying over the Los Padres National Forest in California. The video quickly sparked controversy, with aviation enthusiasts commenting and questioning whether the crash was real or staged.
On April 11, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated in a letter that Jacob had violated federal aviation regulations and revoked his private pilot certificate citing “careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.”
“You demonstrated a lack of care, judgment, and responsibility by choosing to jump out of an aircraft solely so you could record the footage of the crash,” the agency said.
“Your egregious and intentional actions on these dates indicate that you presently lack the degree of care, judgment, and responsibility required of a certificate holder.”
The FAA pointed out multiple oddities about the incident, questioning why Jacob was wearing a parachute in the first place and acknowledging he opened the left side pilot door before he claimed the engine had failed.
Jacob also did not attempt to contact air traffic control about the emergency, did not attempt to restart the engine, and did not look for a place to land, “even though there were multiple areas within gliding range in which you could have made a safe landing,” the agency said.
The FAA clarified that Jacob “recovered and then disposed of the wreckage following the crash.”