In December 2021 Trevor Jacob uploaded a video to YouTube titled “I Crashed My Airplane,” a 12-minute video depicting the moment the aircraft’s propellor seemingly stops working and Jacob, the pilot, is forced to parachute out.
This week the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to crashing the plane in Santa Barbara County in order to gain online views, with prosecutors alleging he later returned to the scene to destroy the evidence.
Following the crash, a federal investigation ensued, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California confirmed today that the man from Lompoc had pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal investigation.
Jacob, whose video has now been viewed 3 million times, could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
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