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Taking it too far: A YouTuber staged a plane crash for content

This is frightening.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
May 19, 2022

YouTuber Trevor Jacob deliberately crashed his own plane and the twist is that he did it for views. According to the Federal Aviation Agency, the YouTuber parachuted from a single-engine aircraft and filmed it as it plummeted into Los Padres National Forest in California. After concluding that the YouTuber intentionally crashed his plane for online views, the FAA has revoked his pilot’s license.



The entire incident was filmed by Jacob and uploaded to YouTube in a video that he titled: “I Crashed My Plane,” which has garnered over 2.5 million views. As he sat in the cockpit, Jacob filmed himself saying: “I’m over the mountains and I … have an engine out,” after which he proceeded to jump out of the plane, and filmed himself plummeting before utilizing his parachute and landing into an open field. The empty plane can be seen flying at full speed towards the mountains before crashing.


The Federal Aviation Administration finished its investigation into the incident early in April, and concluded that Trevor Jacob had crashed the Taylorcraft BL-65 as a stunt to gain a bigger online following. The documented record of the case states: “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 rationalized their decision by pointing out that Jacob had installed many cameras on the outside of his plane, including one directed in the direction of the propeller, in order to record video footage of the plane’s inside and outside during the flight. There were several other pieces of evidence cited in the document such as the fact that Jacob put on his sport parachute backpack before the flight, and the excessive amounts of cameras.


This prompts the following question: Have influencers officially taken it too far? It is one thing to Photoshop certain photos and advertise using your social accounts for followers and viewers, but crashing an actual plane in order to get more views is more than a little irresponsible. Jacob did not attempt to search for safe areas to land, even though the possibility of a safe landing existed. He could have not only hurt himself, but also others in the process.


In response to the FAA revoking his license, Jacob posted a video on YouTube saying that he didn’t think that posting a video of a flight gone wrong would be such a big topic of conversation.



In other news, Jack Harlow is a good example of how to properly go viral and gain fame.


Photo via YouTube/Trevor Jacob