Los Angeles’s ABC affiliate reports:
An extreme sports athlete from Santa Barbara County was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Monday for intentionally crashing a small plane for a YouTube stunt and then destroying the wreckage. In November 2021, authorities say Trevor Jacob, 30, took off from the Lompoc City Airport in his single-engine Taylorcraft BL-65 on a solo flight purportedly destined for Mammoth Lakes.
About 30 minutes later, while flying above the Los Padres National Forest, a YouTube video titled “I Crashed My Airplane” shows Jacob saying the plane’s lone engine had failed. Jacob jumped from the plane and recorded himself parachuting to the ground. Cameras mounted inside and outside of the aircraft showed it descending over the hills and eventually crashing into dry brush.
Read the full article. Jacob competed for the United States as a snowboarder in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
As I reported last year, the FAA sought charges for the crash, claiming that the stunt was performed to get views on YouTube. His monetized clip remains on YouTube, where it presently has 4.4 million views.
NEW: A federal judge has sentenced a 30-year-old YouTube creator Trevor Jacob to six months in prison for staging a plane crash for clicks.
“I should have never gone forward with it,” Jacob wrote in a letter to the judge. His lawyers wanted probation. pic.twitter.com/3kP8PfEDak
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