Authorities have launched an investigation amid allegations that a popular YouTuber from the U.S. Olympic national team deliberately crashed the light plane he was driving to get more views.
According to the British Independent magazine yesterday (24th) local time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that the light plane driven by Trevor Jacob, an Olympic snowboarder and YouTuber, recently crashed into the Los Padres National Forest, California. We are conducting a joint investigation into this.
|^ Jacob is escaping from the plane. / Photo = YouTube ‘TrevorJacob’ channel capture|
On the 24th of last month, Jacob uploaded a video titled ‘My plane crashed’ on YouTube and received a lot of attention from the public.
The video shows him parachuting his Taylorcraft BL6 single-engine light aircraft over California and crashing into the Los Padres National Forest as he parachutes down.
In the process, a ‘GoPro’ camera attached to the tip of the plane’s wing caught Jacob as he escaped from the plane, and at that time the plane appeared to have already lost power.
In the video, Jacob said that “the engine broke down while flying over a mountain,” and “there was no safe place to land.”
After he jumped while carrying his parachute bag, the plane descended and crashed into the forest. Jacob took a selfie with a selfie stick even before stepping out of the aircraft and deploying his parachute, and he didn’t let it go the moment he landed in the bushes.
“This is why I always carry a parachute,” Jacob said as he walked to the point where the plane crashed, and later claimed that a farmer he stumbled upon saved his life.
The video has garnered over 1 million views.
But viewers questioned why he bought such an old plane. In the video, the crashed plane has duct tape attached to the cockpit, and the exterior of the fuselage is also rusted.
In the end, suspicions are raised that the plane may have been deliberately crashed, and the controversy is aggravating. Jacob has blocked the comment function on the video, but some netizens are also making a separate video, expressing doubts about the authenticity of the video of the crash.
In this regard, a local media reported that officials at the Lompok city airport where the plane took off said that the plane “appeared to be in need of repair.”
Jacob announced the accident a few days after the crash, and was told that the crash would be reported to the FAA according to the accident handling regulations. Jay
Cup then returned to the crash site in a helicopter to dispose of the wreckage, the Independent said.
Meanwhile, Jacob has yet to publicly state his position on these controversies.
NTSB officials said they would be able to determine the cause of the crash within six months to a year from the date of the crash.