YouTuber pilot faces jail for crashing airplane as stunt

A YouTube pilot who bailed out midair and deliberately sent his airplane crashing into the ground to boost viewership on his channel may withstand 20 years in prison, US authorities introduced just lately.
In a video watched by nearly three million individuals titled “I crashed my airplane,” Trevor Jacob, 29 years old, seems to experience engine hassle while flying over southern California in November 2021. The dramatic footage shows Jacob ejecting from the single-engine airplane, selfie stick in hand, and parachuting into the dense vegetation of the Los Padres National Forest. Cameras placed throughout the plane capture its uncontrolled descent into the forest and eventual crash touchdown.
Censored is seen filming himself hiking to the wreckage, where he appears dismayed to discover that the water he packed has vanished. Viewers watch him push by way of poison oak and over hills as he appears to struggle in finding civilization, giving regular updates about his thirst and feelings of being lost. Eventually, he stops to scoop water from a stream and soon after, comes across a vehicle and obvious salvation as night time sets in.
In the weeks following the incident, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiated a probe into the crash, and Jacob was ordered to protect the wreckage. The YouTuber informed officials he did not know the plane’s location; however, based on a plea deal filed in Los Angeles, Jacob and a pal winched the wreckage out of the forest with a helicopter two weeks after the incident, after beforehand recovering information from the onboard cameras. Over the next days, he cut the aircraft into small pieces and disposed of the components in rubbish bins in and round Lompoc City Airport.
The FAA, which regulates flying within the United States, revoked Jacob’s pilot’s license in April 2022. In a plea agreement, Jacob admitted to meaning to obstruct federal authorities when he disposed of the wreckage and confessed to creating the video to generate revenue from a wallet company sponsorship. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, “Jacob additional admitted he lied to federal investigators when he submitted an plane accident incident report that falsely indicated that the plane skilled a full loss of energy roughly 35 minutes after takeoff. Jacob also lied to an FAA aviation security inspector when he mentioned the airplane’s engine had stop and, as a result of he could not identify any protected touchdown options, he had parachuted out of the plane.”
He has agreed to plead guilty to 1 count of destruction and concealment with the intent to hinder a federal investigation, against the law which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal jail. Jacob is predicted to formally enter his plea in Los Angeles within the coming weeks and face sentencing at a later date reports Bangkok Post..

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