Influencer pilot under investigation on suspicion of staging a plane crash to post it on YouTube | BISouthAfrica
Trevor Jacob released a video in December of him crashing his plane, which aviation YouTubers said was suspicious.
The video then cuts to a sequence where Jacob bails from the plane with a parachute and lands in the forest hills. The YouTuber spends what he said were several hours hiking through brush and scrub in search of help. He filmed himself coming across the wreckage of his plane and said he had no phone service or water.
"I am exhausted. I'm so thirsty. I'm scared, I'm in trouble, I'm cut all over the place," said Jacob halfway through his trek."The only option I have is crawling through these bushes like I have been for the last five hours. And, uh, I'm in pain, man. I'm hurting. Whatever I'm going through, I wish upon nobody."Read more: News24 »
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The Drive reported. The video then cuts to a sequence where Jacob bails from the plane with a parachute and lands in the forest hills. The YouTuber spends what he said were several hours hiking through brush and scrub in search of help. He filmed himself coming across the wreckage of his plane and said he had no phone service or water. "I am exhausted. I'm so thirsty. I'm scared, I'm in trouble, I'm cut all over the place," said Jacob halfway through his trek."The only option I have is crawling through these bushes like I have been for the last five hours. And, uh, I'm in pain, man. I'm hurting. Whatever I'm going through, I wish upon nobody." Jacob eventually found a stream to drink from in the evening and encountered a stranger (whom he identified as a farmer) driving in a road vehicle after dark. In the video, Jacob isn't seen trying to radio for help or revive his plane, a single-engine aircraft as per flight registry records. One YouTuber, Trent Palmer, noted that Jacob appeared to have already unlatched his door before the engine was shown to have failed, and that the former Olympian didn't seem to look for a place to land. Reviewing aerial footage of the area, Palmer, who is a professional drone pilot, identified a nearby area where he said Jacob could have attempted an emergency landing with a high probability of success. Palmer and another YouTuber, Dan Millican from the channel Taking Off, said general aviation pilots don't usually fly wearing parachutes. Millican noted that Jacob was wearing a skydiving parachute, which small aircraft pilots don't usually wear because they can be too heavy and become"problematic," he said. He also concurred with Palmer that it was safer for Jacob to try to land his plane than to parachute out, as the aircraft would have continued to glide in the air for some time. As of Thursday, Jacob's video had accumulated 1.1 million views, but comments on the video have been disabled. Jacob isn't the first pilot on YouTube accused of staging a plane crash for clout. David Lesh, a former pro skier, drew widespread scepticism when he made an near Half Moon Bay in San Francisco in 2019. Lesh said his plane's engine had stalled, and filmed himself calmly wading in the Pacific Ocean and speaking to the camera after ditching his aircraft. Critics said Lesh's crash was a dangerous stunt, which he denied in Jacob and the FAA did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment. Get the best of our site