The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the pilot certificate of YouTuber creator and former Olympic snowboarder Trevor Jacob, saying he operated his 1940 Taylorcraft in a “careless and reckless manner” during a highly viewed stunt that led to the loss of the aircraft in the Los Padres National Forest in California last November.
“On November 24, 2021, 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 FAA’s emergency order of revocation letter said.
Jacob also made no attempt to contact air traffic control on the emergency frequency, did not attempt restarting 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 FAA added.
In Jacob’s 13-minute video titled “I Crashed My Airplane,” he claimed the aircraft’s engine stopped, and he was forced to parachute to safety.
The video has more than 1.9 million views while sparking wide protests from the aviation community, the majority of whom believed Jacob staged the event and had intentionally shut down the plane’s engine in flight and bailed out as part of a publicity stunt.
“I’ll happily say I did not purposely crash my plane for views on YouTube,” Jacob said in a statement reported by The New York Times at the time.
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